Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes for birth & baby preparation – providing a foundation of robust knowledge, strategies and skills you can rely on.


Based on experience, up-to-date information and proven practical skills, these antenatal classes aim to better prepare you for the reality of labour and birth. This course is not about birth being easy, it is about having good knowledge, being at the centre of your care, managing any challenges and knowing what you can do.

It is important to know about induction, caesareans and epidurals because only 27% of labours are without any intervention. This means you know more about what to expect, options and staying calm if labour becomes more complicated.

There are 6 Modules with information, audio files, tips as well as worksheets and downloads to use in pregnancy, labour and when your baby is here.

By the end of your antenatal course, you will know more about…

Early Labour, Established Labour & Birth

  • working with your contractions
  • managing your energy
  • pain management
  • effective birth support
  • positions & movement
  • using your breathing
  • panic points and to manage them

Medical Interventions

  • being induced
  • having a caesarean
  • options & making decisions

Beyond Birth

  • meeting your baby
  • your recovery
  • early days with your baby

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to:

*develop your own birth plan with questions and strategies
*think about what you might need
*know what questions to ask
*know more about potential challenges and how to manage them
*have resources to reflect on the birth of your baby

You will benefit from:
*a calm knowledgeable approach
*personalised sessions with an experienced practitioner
*practical resources and downloads to use in pregnancy, during labour and when your baby is here
*ongoing information, support and reassurance

Your 1:1 sessions can be in-person if you live on Tyneside or by video call and appointments can be made at a time to best suit you.

This course is ideal if you are expecting your first baby and it works well as a refresher if you are getting ready to birth again. There are three antenatal course packages available for you to choose from.

Personal Antenatal Course
with six 1 hour Zoom sessions (£150)

Online Antenatal Course
to go through at your own pace (£50)

You can also arrange to pay in instalments.

To find out more please don’t hesitate to send a message.
Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

In addition, 1:1 Birth Preparation sessions can also be arranged to talk through specific issues.

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