NCT Courses and Covid-19

Until the end of February 2021 our courses are online. Currently, due to rising Covid-19 infection rates and official guidance for pregnant women, online is the only way we can safely and practically deliver local, fully interactive and inclusive courses – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives.

We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from March 2021 onwards. Currently you can still book these as in-person classes but we’ll only bring people back together in venues once it is safe to do so. We’ll never put you, your baby or your family at risk.

To understand more about why we're delivering our courses online please read our course FAQs. Our website also has an up-to-date section on Covid-19 pregnancy and birth information.

Our Covid-19 Price Promise: If you book a course that is already being delivered online you’ll receive a 15% discount at the time of booking. If you book a course that is currently offered as in-person, we’ll give you back 15% of your course fee if we need to move it online to ensure your safety.

Lauren is a trainee Doula working in the North east of England. She lives in Gateshead and is happy to travel to North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, and South Tyneside. 

Would you like Lauren to be your doula?

Contact Lauren on or 07713279600. 

Feel free to leave a message and she will get back to you.

About Lauren

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 the end of February and mid-April 2020 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. 

Lauren has always enjoyed working with families. She has over 10 years' experience working with children and young people, and after the birth of her second child, naturally progressed to a more supportive role with pregnant people and new families.  

Lauren feels passionate about informed choice and a positive birth experience. She believes that all birth can be positive if parents are treated with respect and supported to make informed choices. Her focus is in empowering you in making your own birth and parenting decisions. She will be with you, offering information and individualised care throughout the perinatal period. She understands that no two pregnancies are the same and aims to support you in your pregnancy however she can. 

Lauren will meet with you at least 3 times antenatally to get to know you, offer support and discuss your birth preferences. She can help during pregnancy and labour with massage, relaxation, breathing techniques, and assisting with staying mobile and changing positions. Lauren will continue to support you postnatally, with at least one visit after the birth of your baby. She can also offer sling and breastfeeding information if desired. 

Lauren has a quiet, calm, and supportive nature. She is a good listener and can quickly adapt to new situations. Lauren believes in a non-judgemental, gentle attitude and will always put the family in the centre of her care.  

Lauren is currently in her final year of the NCT degree, training to be a Breastfeeding Counsellor as well as a Doula. Her past work history is in childcare and she holds up to a level 5 childcare qualification.  

Lauren Calvert


  • Breastfeeding peer support
  • Babywearing consultancy  
  • Level 5 Childcare  


Lauren will provide support by:

  • Offering a minimum of 3 antenatal visits to get to know you and discuss your personal needs 
  • Being on call from 38 weeks until after the birth of your baby 
  • Offering continuous support in labour at your chosen birthplace 
  • Arranging a postnatal visit to explore you’re your birth experience and answer any questions 
  • Offering breastfeeding and sling support
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