NCT Courses and Covid-19

We are updating course information on our website and contacting course bookers as early as we can before courses begin, explaining whether courses will run in-person or online.

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: 

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

Phoebe is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Phoebe 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 mid-February and mid-April 2022 for you to be able to consider asking Phoebe to be your birth doula. The fee for Phoebe to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student.

Would you like Phoebe to be your doula?

Email: or call 07889388912

About Phoebe

Phoebe is a mother of one, based in Reading, Berkshire. She is willing to travel up to 30 miles to provide support. 

Phoebe’s passion for supporting women began when she was present at her mother’s home birth at the age of 11. This was then rekindled when she trained as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with the NCT in 2019 and began her studies towards becoming a Breastfeeding Counsellor and Birth Doula. 

Having had a complex birth herself, Phoebe wishes she had used a Doula, and is driven by the desire to bridge the gap between birthing women and their wants and needs for labour and birth. 

Phoebe takes a holistic approach, providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the mother, and working with a birth partner if one is present. Phoebe has experience and knowledge in listening skills, breathing and relaxation techniques, and massage in order to support a mother in a variety of ways to meet her needs. She is also interested in aromatherapy and hypnobirthing, and is happy to work with the mother to come up with a birthing plan to encompass her wishes. 

By working alongside midwives, Phoebe will act as an advocate and source of comfort to support a birth experience outlined by the mother, wherever she chooses to give birth.

Phoebe Howe


  • NCT Breastfeeding Peer Supporter (2019)
  • Completed L4 of NCY Birth and Beyond Degree (2021)


Phoebe will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you (and any birth partner you may have) beforehand, to get to know you and your individual wishes
  • Being available via text, phone, and email antenatally and for san agreed time following the birth
  • Being on call for up to 4 weeks surrounding your due date
  • Supporting you through labour physically and emotionally, and advocating for your wishes
  • Providing feeding support
  • Meeting with you within 6 weeks postnatally to debrief and talk through the labour and birth experience
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