Our Signature antenatal course are the nation’s favourite, supporting you through pregnancy and making sure you’re prepared for labour and early parenthood. Finding you new parent friends and developing the skills you need to tackle this adventure confidently, with NCT’s support.
NCT Signature antenatal course
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Having a baby is a magical time – but it can feel overwhelming, too. Our Signature course gets you ready for everything parenthood might throw at you. With helpful classes, group work and practical sessions, Signature makes learning about your new baby fun.
Signature courses are our most detailed look at birth and early parenthood, with lots of time to ask questions. We shape our classes around the needs of you and your classmates, covering everything you need to know.
You’re in safe hands with NCT – we’ve been the nation’s favourite for over 60 years.
What to expect
Expert course leaders
Our warm, supportive course leaders bring years of experience and training 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 the NCT in partnership with the University of Worcester.
A close-knit network
We keep class sizes small and match you with other new parents with similar due-dates, to help you make a network of new friends. Families come in all shapes and sizes and we welcome them all. Often the relationship you build with your antenatal teacher will support you for years - and maybe babies - to come.
An in-depth approach
With a range of formats to choose from, our unique Signature courses give you plenty of class time. We keep things practical, and let you choose some topics. You’ll develop loads of handy skills and strategies to make new parenthood easier.
What you’ll learn
Labour and birth
We spend up to two thirds of class-time on labour and birth, making sure you’re totally ready to embrace this deeply emotional experience. We cover everything from birthing positions, pain relief, vaginal and caesarean birth and relaxation techniques to the different places where you can decide to give birth.
Caring for your baby
Every new parent wants to give their baby the best possible start in life. We help you understand your baby and make informed decisions about looking after and feeding him or her.
Becoming a family
We help you develop important skills for adjusting to life with your new baby. If you have a partner you’ll learn to understand changes to you and your partner’s relationship, and talk about your health post-birth. We’ll also tell you where you can go for extra health advice and support.
We offer different course formats to fit around your busy life – from intensive weekend courses, to more leisurely evening and weekend sessions.
Take the time you need
Our Signature courses range from 14-21 hours long, so you can choose a length that fits your schedule. All our courses cover the same core topics, with longer courses offering even more time for exploration, questions and discussions.
Ongoing online support
Enjoy access to our exclusive digital support pack, as well as a weekly pregnancy newsletter filled with tips, insights and access to our information centre.
Our courses vary in price depending on length and location. To see a list of all prices and locations, search for your nearest course.
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.
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