NCT Essentials antenatal
is rated by parents
4.6 /5
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(Based on 673 parent reviews)

Having a baby can be the most exciting, overwhelming experience of your life. We take a hands-on approach to making sure you feel prepared, supported and confident through your pregnancy and beyond.

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Are you a busy parent-to-be? Essentials gets you up to speed on everything you need to know. Shorter and more compact than our Signature antenatal course, Essentials prepares you for labour and early parenthood in double-quick time.

You’ll get to grips with all the must-know info – from giving birth to looking after your new baby. But it’s not just about what you’ll learn. You’ll also meet a friendly group of new parents who can end up being life-long friends.

What to expect

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Expert course leaders

Our warm, supportive course leaders bring years of experience to every session. They’re always happy to listen, help and work through your questions. All of our course leaders are trained to the highest standard by us in partnership with the University of Worcester.

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A close-knit network

We keep class sizes small and try to match mothers with similar due-dates, helping you to create a supportive network of new parents. You might end up with unexpected friendships – families come in all shapes and sizes and we welcome them all.

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Need-to-know info

Specially designed to give you need-to-know info, our Essentials courses pack everything important into 5 antenatal sessions. There’s also a postnatal reunion with your baby, so you can ask any questions you have after birth.

What you'll learn

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Pregnancy & birth

We cover everything from supporting your baby’s development during pregnancy to birthing positions. It’s not just about what you do, it’s about how you feel – so we give you information on coping with life changes, too.

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Caring for your baby

Every new parent wants to give their baby the best possible start in life – we help you make informed choices. Essentials gives you lots of practical info on feeding, bathing and caring for your new baby.

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Becoming a family

We help you develop skills for adjusting to life with your new baby. You’ll learn to understand changes to you and your partner’s relationship, and talk about your health post-birth. We also cover other issues affecting new parents, such as returning to work.

Course information

Need-to-know info

Essentials courses are shorter and more compact than our Signature antenatal courses. At 12 hours class time, these condensed sessions give you the most important information in double-quick time. 

Evening sessions

Our courses are taught in the evenings and weekends to fit around your busy life. 

Practical teaching

Our practical, hands-on classes build your confidence and closely mimic real-life situations, leaving you feeling ready for anything.

Pricing

Our courses vary in price depending on length and location. To see a list of all prices and locations, search for your nearest course here or drop us an email.

We want every parent to have access to our courses, so we offer flexible payment plans and generous discounts for parents relying on certain benefits, or whose total household income is less than £28,190 per year. Drop us a confidential email to learn more. 

NCT Membership

Become an NCT member and join a community of new parents, all experiencing pregnancy, birth and early parenthood together. Get informed about local events and meetups, save a bundle of cash through NCT Member’s Club discounts and become part of our nationwide network.

NCT Essentials antenatal
is rated by parents
4.6 /5
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(Based on 673 parent reviews)
NCT Membership

NCT Membership

Become an NCT member and join a community of new parents, all experiencing pregnancy, birth and early parenthood together.