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. 

Melanie is an NCT doula for Essex.

Would you like Melanie Wright to be your Doula?

Email or call 07905651377

About Melanie Wright

After acting as an informal birth companion to friends and family for years, in 2017 Melanie took the next step and trained to become an NCT licensed doula. She has experience of many different kinds of births, from home water birth to emergency caesarean and many in between, and feels strongly that even challenging labour and birth situations can be made beautiful and fulfilling, with the right support. She is very accepting and non-judgemental, and has experience working with LGBTQ+ couples. Melanie believes in the wisdom of women’s bodies, and our ability to do this everyday miracle of giving birth. While her own understanding of birth is deepened by a background in science and an evidence-based approach, her primary aim is make sure that all parents are warmly supported in having the birth experience that they want, whatever and wherever that might be. She is committed to helping you work with your medical practitioners to achieve the birth that is right for you.

American-born Melanie has lived in Colchester in North Essex since 1995, now with her husband, labradoodle and an assortment of mostly-grown offspring who seem to come and go.

Melanie says: “Through my own birth experiences (an emergency caesarean, a planned caesarean, and a home water birth) and the births I have attended, I am constantly amazed by the intricacy of the human body, and how well and how delicately nature contrives what’s best for us and our babies, when we give it a chance. My goal is to ensure this perfect choreography, this dance of the hormones, which enables birth to proceed optimally, is protected and preserved. To do that, I offer knowledgeable and steadfast support – emotional, physical, interpersonal, and practical. My job is to free you to do your job, the most important job there is, of birthing new life into the world.”

For more information about Melanie and the services she offers, visit her website at

Melanie Wright


Melanie is an NCT licensed doula, and a DoulaUK Mentored doula. She is a qualified hypnobirthing instructor (DipHb(KG)) and trained peer breastfeeding supporter (CHUFT). She also has a BA(Hons) and MA in Archaeology, from her previous career.


Melanie will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you during pregnancy for 3 preparation sessions
  • Being available at the end of the phone/text/email throughout pregnancy
  • Being with you for as long as you wish during labour and birth, both at home and moving with you to hospital/birth centre if that is your choice
  • Staying with you for a short time after birth, offering peer support for initiation of breastfeeding, if that is wanted
  • A final follow-up / debrief session some days/weeks later, if you find it helpful


"Melanie was the first doula we interviewed... and the only one. From the moment “go” we felt incredibly reassured by all her knowledge, her positive energy, her confidence and her passion for what she does. My labour was induced early and at short notice, and I had done no research on the subject thinking that only happened if you went overdue. Melanie was incredible throughout, giving us options where we would’ve otherwise felt like we had none, teaching my partner pain relief techniques and overall going out of her way to help me have the straightforward labour I wanted -in spite of the induction. I think practicing hypnobirthing (of which Melanie is also a qualified instructor) and her presence were the two most important resources I had during my baby’s beautiful and calm birth. Will no doubt reach out to her when it’s time for our second!"

- Ana, mother of Leo

"I was afraid and did not know what to expect as this was my first birth.  From the beginning, I truly felt like Melanie would make this easier for me because of her compassion and ability to be encouraging and kind, yet strong and knowledgeable. I felt, during my labour, that I was in the presence of an expert.  Melanie’s personality is and always has been kind, thoughtful, strong and understanding of how many moving parts there are to childbirth, from the fear to the need of encouragement at the right moments to knowing when to relax and wait and when to cheer you on towards the end.  Melanie’s presence at the birth of my son changed my birthing experience for the better and I'll always be thankful that she shared this sacred experience with me."

- Serena, mother of Tanner

"Melanie was a great support in the hospital during a very long labour that ended with an epidural, but was otherwise without medical intervention. And what a relief to have her with me after the birth to support me in my new role as mother! Melanie also attended the home birth of my second child, only this time it was my wife who was labouring. During that labour Melanie was efficiently and quietly there in the background, supporting us in myriad ways. When I could no longer be an effective birth partner without a nap, Melanie stepped in to support my wife during what turned out to be transition. Melanie is a calm presence and a source of strength. She remains aware of the emotional needs of the rest of the family, even as she centers her attention on the labouring woman.  I am profoundly grateful to have had her with me for the births of my children."

- Beth, mother of Micah and Käthe

"I trusted Melanie completely -- to respect what my wishes were, to help me do what I wanted to do (have this baby at home), but also to provide great guidance if I wasn't sure about what to do next.  Her manner is open and loving, while at the same time, Melanie knows her stuff!  Melanie did not shy away from anything that might have made others uncomfortable.  She was there for us -- whatever happened, whatever needed to happen. Her compassion, combined with her quick mind and complete loveliness as a person really made Melanie the first person we wanted to call when labour began. Anyone who has Melanie on a birthing team is a very lucky person indeed."

- Julie, mother of Micah and Käthe.
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