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 April 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 May 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. 

Rebecca is an NCT doula for the whole of County Durham and Tyne & Wear, as well as parts of North Yorkshire.

Would you like Rebecca to be your Doula?

Email Rebecca.Egan@icloud.com or call 07813 202001.

 

About Rebecca

Rebecca lives in a village south of Durham, which means she is central to cover the whole of County Durham, as well as parts of North Yorkshire.

Since becoming a mother, and through her own experience of labour and birth, Rebecca understands the importance of personalised, compassionate, and responsive care during pregnancy and birth.  Continuous care is shown to have a positive impact on women in labour, and can make labour shorter and less painful, however this level of care is not always available in our maternity services.  A Doula can fill the ‘gap’ by providing uninterrupted, positive care for both women and their partners.  Rebecca is passionate about providing empowering, woman-focussed support, to enable women and their partners to make informed decisions and to work towards having the birth that they want. 

Rebecca will support your decisions and will walk with you on your birth journey, regardless of where it takes you, and whether you choose to give birth in a hospital setting or at home.  Rebecca aims to inspire women’s confidence in their own bodies and their ability to birth their baby.  Rebecca can help you explore your options, consider your birth preferences, and provide information where required to help you make informed decisions.  Rebecca’s calm and nurturing personality will enable her to offer you reassurance and emotional support, as well as practical and physical support – such as massage, relaxation, and positions to help you stay upright and mobile. 

Rebecca will listen to you and get to know you during your pregnancy, to ensure that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your labour and birth.  The reassurance of a familiar face at your birth can help you to relax, as well as giving your partner some much needed time for a toilet break or a cuppa!  Rebecca will be ready to be with you at your birth whenever you would like her to attend, and once your baby arrives will stay with you until you are ready for her to leave.

Rebecca Egan

Qualifications

  • NCT antenatal teacher
  • NCT doula

Practicalities

Rebecca will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you three times during your pregnancy to listen and discuss your labour and birth plans, including any worries or concerns you may have.
  • Being on call 24/7 for two weeks before and after your estimated due date.
  • Staying with you throughout your labour and birth, and for a few hours after birth to ensure you are settled and ready for her to leave.
  • Providing emotional, physical, and practical support for you and your partner.
  • Meeting with you after the birth to talk through the birth and discuss any further support you might need

Testimonials

‘Rebecca’s help, advice, guidance, and support really helped us to clarify in our minds what we wanted from the birth of our daughter. During the labour process, her help and knowledge were invaluable. We really felt she was our advocate, and helped to navigate us through the decision-making in a way we could not have managed alone. This meant that despite there being more intervention than we planned, it remained a very positive experience.’

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