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. 

Paula covers Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and the surrounding area. 

Would you like Paula to be your Doula? 

Email: or call: 07727 063757 


About Paula  

Paula is married and a mother of three children, all of which were very different labour and births. These experiences stirred the desire to work as a doula and within NCT.

Paula is passionate about birth and offering support throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond to enable a positive experience. She aims to make sure that all parents are supported, physically and emotionally, making sure that their wishes and decisions are heard, while paying close attention to the needs of both partners.  Paula will offer massage and relaxation and visualization techniques, calming yoga postures, massage, whilst providing the consistency of a familiar face during labour and birth.     

Paula feels comfortable to support you through birth, whether it be at home, a birth centre or consultant led unit. She will be there to help create a special experience.  

Paula feels her role as a doula is to work alongside the mother and birth partner before, during and after the birth by helping them to feel calm, prepared, supported and empowered

Research shows that women who have doula support at their birth have shorter and less painful labours. Continuity of care is a big part of this, so by being there for you and working together, a positive experience can be created where you feel happy and confident about your decisions and plans.

Paula Wood


  • NCT Birth & Beyond Degree – with University of Worcester
  • NCT - Doula
  • NCT - Yoga for Pregnancy
  • NCT - Mother & Baby Yoga
  • NCT - Baby Massage
  • Little Birth Company - Hypnobirthing
  • Royal College of Midwives - Aromatherapist for Pregnancy Massage and Aromatherapy for Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding Peer Supporter (Training – West Suffolk Hospital)



Paula will provide support by  

  • Meeting with you three times before the birth to discuss your worries, hopes, fears and preferences, building a supportive relationship.
  • Being available via phone, text or email.
  • Being on call from 38-42 weeks, day and night.
  • Providing continuous emotional and practical support for you (and your birth partner) for the duration of your labour.
  • Helping you all to settle as a new family in the first hours after the birth.
  • Meeting with you one week to ten days after the birth to support you through the early days and reflect together on the birth.

Paula is happy to have a chat with you over the phone to see whether this service is right for you. 

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