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. 

During July and August we are taking a safety first approach to delivering our courses in-person, this means that we have a mix of online and in-person courses available.

We are taking decisions on how we deliver our courses from September 2021 onwards based on government unlocking time frames and venue availability. It is our ambition to deliver the majority of our courses in-person.

We are updating course information on our website and contacting you 4-6 weeks before your course begins if you have booked a course place, explaining how unlock may affect how your course will run.

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. 

Would you like Louise to be your Doula?

Email doulalougenis@gmail.com or call 07837 297 227

About Louise 

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 year’s 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 and third children, Louise hired a Doula herself and felt the difference it made to her birth experiences. With these experiences sitting firm in her mind, Louise is looking forward to supporting both mothers and their partners through birth.
 
Having had a hospitalhome births and caesarean births herself. 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 is both Doula and Antenatal practitioner and is finishing her studies to be a postnatal practitioner. 

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.

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 5 Doula and Antenatal studies with NCT gaining a Birth and Beyond Degree at the University of Worcester. Louise will additionally be a qualified Postnatal practitioner as of September 2021.  
 
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 available by phone or email for the duration of the contract.
  • 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.

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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