NCT Courses and Covid-19

Covid-19 price promise: If some or all of your course takes place online due to Covid-19, we promise to give you a course price discount related to how much of the course is online. 

Courses until the end of May 2021 are online to bring you local, fully interactive and inclusive courses when Covid-19 infection rates are high and official guidance for pregnant women remains in place – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives. 

"Antenatal classes can be incredibly helpful in preparing for childbirth and parenthood – and for meeting and sharing experiences with other parents-to-be. Online classes, like those offered by NCT, are the safest and most practical option currently and still offer those opportunities, even if the experience is different to getting together in person."

- Royal College of Midwives 

We are taking decisions on whether courses from June 2021 onwards will be delivered online or in-person on a month-by month-basis.  We are updating course information on our website and contacting you if have booked a course place explaining why, so you know how your course will run 6-10 weeks before it begins. 

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: 

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

Louise is currently a student NCT doula.

Would you like Louise to be your Doula?

Email doulalougenis@gmail.com or call 07837 297 227

About Louise 

Louise is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Louise 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 2019 for you to be able to consider asking Louise to be your birth doula. The fee for Louise to support you has been appropriately set at £250 to recognise the fact that she is a student.

Louise lives in Surrey, in the small village of East Horsley with her husband and young sons. Louise would love to support families with births planned at home as well as with the Royal Surrey (Guildford), St Peter’s (Woking) and Epsom and St Hellier, but would welcome conversations from families using other maternity units across Surrey and Hampshire. 
 
Louise has always had an interest and passion for all things birth and babies. Training as an early years practitioner at 17, Louise spent many years nannying for young families by helping new parents find their feet. After having her own children, Louise discovered her passion for supporting birth and decided to embark on further study. For the birth of her second child, Louise hired a Doula herself and felt the difference it made to her birth experience. With this experience sitting firm in her mind, Louise is looking forward to supporting both mothers and their partners through birth. 
 
Having had both hospital and home births herself and observed caesarean births, Louise is well equipped to support families which ever way birth leads them. Before the birth of your baby, in the 2 or 3 antenatal meetings, Louise can offer informational support and help you develop your birth preference. Louise is also able to aid in practicing additional support measures like relaxation, massage and breathing techniques. 

During labour, Louise will look to compliment the support given by a partner, whether this is by taking a greater or lesser role. This support may come in the form of massage, relaxation, breathing techniques or assisting with staying mobile and changing positions. With her kind, calm and supportive nature, Louise can help to maintain a positive birthing environment whichever route you take. 

Louise started her training with the NCT in 2017 whilst working and raising her boys. She is currently studying on both the Doula and Antenatal pathways and is intending to further her studies by adding the Yoga and Breastfeeding pathways in the future. 

A photograph of Louise Genis, a white woman with medium brown hair in a bob haircut. She is smiling.

 

Qualifications

Louise has completed her level 4 studies with NCT and is completing her Birth and Beyond Degree at the University of Worcester, currently studying the Doula and Antenatal pathways. 
 
Louise is level 3 qualified in Childcare and Education and holds a BA Hons from Bath Spa University. 

Practicalities

Louise will provide support by:

  • Meeting you and your partner 2 or 3 times before your birth to enable us to explore your birth options and establish your birth preferences.
  • Helping you try massage and breathing techniques which can be used during labour
  • Being on call for your birth, 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date.
  • Joining you at home or in hospital for your labour and a few hours after the birth to ensure you have everything you need as a family to continue your journey together.
  • Meeting once after the birth of your baby to listen to you and your partner’s birth stories, answer any questions you may have and sign-post you if you want to explore additional services.
  • Being available by phone or email for the duration of the contract.

Testimonials

“Lou’s calm presence and supportive attitude helped to keep me grounded throughout my long labour. She was very responsive and was able to anticipate my needs whilst still providing and keeping space for me and my husband to share the experience together”

- Rebecca, parent of T

 

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