NCT Courses and Covid-19

We are updating course information on our website and contacting course bookers as early as we can before courses begin, explaining whether courses will run in-person or online.

How we make decisions about the delivery of NCT courses

As the UK’s largest parenting charity and leader in the field of antenatal education, we make informed decisions with full consideration to the current and any (confirmed) future UK government restrictions and official guidance and the most reliable research findings and data regarding pregnancy and Covid-19.

We also consult closely with our colleagues at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM).  

It’s our charitable mission to support all parents to have the most positive experiences of pregnancy, birth and the early days, so we will: 

  • always make decisions that offer the best experiences available whilst protecting you, our parents, your babies and our NCT course leaders. 
  • act promptly and transparently, informing you how and why your course will be delivered as early as practically possible.  

Lauren is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Lauren is required to support a woman or couple through birth with the support of the NCT doula tutors. Your baby needs to be due between mid-February and mid-April 2022 for you to be able to consider asking Lauren to be your birth doula. The fee for Lauren to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student. 

Would you like Lauren to be your doula?

Email: or call 07930312479

About Lauren

Lauren lives in Hampshire with her husband and son. She is happy to work within a 25-mile radius of home. Lauren first became passionate about working with families in their journey from pregnancy to birth shortly after the birth of her son 5 years ago and is an advocate for parents in ensuring they are heard, and their preferences considered during the exciting and often challenging period of giving birth and the immediate days following the baby's arrival. 

However a baby comes into the world, Lauren is there to support you with any choices you make, whether that’s an elective Caesarean birth, home, hospital or a birth centre. All of Lauren’s focus will be on ensuring you are as comfortable as possible, your needs are met to the best of her ability, and you and your partner have a voice to be able to discuss any concerns you may have at any time. 

Giving birth can be physically and emotionally draining on both the mother and her family, which is where Lauren will be able to utilise her skills best. Having been trained in a range of physical skills and breathing techniques, Lauren will help you find what is comfortable for you. She has a variety of ideas up her sleeve to keep things interesting and comes with a wealth of knowledge and compassion to be the support you need when you need it. Bringing a positive attitude, can do approach and endless energy, Lauren will support you and your partner through every scenario and will be your cheerleader, providing reassurance, care and compassion. 

Lauren happily supports all types of therapy and pain relief, meaning she will always advocate for your wishes, and ensure you have fully understood each decision made to keep you and your partner informed. 

Currently in the process of completing her Antenatal teaching course and Baby massage course with NCT, Lauren is a real all-round support for you and your partner in the time leading up to the birth regarding antenatal planning and preparation, as well as helping you build a secure bond as a family unit with your baby following the birth via delicate and heart-warming sessions of baby massage. 

Lauren Hinde


  • NCT Access to training course (2020)
  • Birth and Beyond Foundation Degree Level 4 (Completed 2021)
  • NCT Baby Massage Practitioner (Qualifying December 2021)
  • NCT Antenatal Practitioner (Qualifying 2022)


Lauren will provide support by:

  • A no obligation meet and greet session to decide if Lauren is the right Doula for you.
  • A minimum of 2 further antenatal visits following your booking to discuss birth preferences and help you prepare, as well as discussing how you wish to be supported.
  • Support via phone, text and email throughout your pregnancy and up to 6 weeks following the birth.
  • 24/7 on call access from 2 weeks prior to your estimated due date until your baby is born.
  • Constant on-site support for the duration of your labour and for a few hours afterwards to ensure the family are settled (if requested) 

  • A postnatal visit within the first 6 weeks of birth 
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