Antenatal courses to enhance your preparation for birth and parenthood

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One of the biggest providers of private antenatal classes in Norfolk and Suffolk

We are delighted to offer comprehensive childbirth and parenting preparation courses, together with breastfeeding and postnatal support.

You get the best of both worlds when you attend full antenatal courses with About Birth & Babies.

All our teachers are fully qualified and trained by the NCT so you can be assured of our credibility, knowledge and experience. Our 12-16 hour courses are based on the Signature model but they are run with a more modern approach. Crucially the About Birth & Babies teachers and classes are fun!  We receive excellent feedback and our courses are highly rated.

Our independent antenatal classes are designed to complement the education and support that midwives and health visitors provide in the six hours allocated by the NHS. We know some couples are keen to extend their knowledge along their pathway to parenthood and would prefer smaller groups which offer an opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics with experienced antenatal teachers and other couples in more detail. Small groups also promote long-term friendships for support.

Our comprehensive birth and parenting courses are packed with information to help you feel more prepared physically, practically and emotionally. We convey sometimes complicated medical facts in a way that everyone will understand.

You will learn about coping strategies for birth and understand more about your amazing body and how you and your partner can assist the birth process, as well as medical interventions, pain relief, recovery, the transition to parenthood and feeding and caring for a newborn baby.

Prices vary between £102 and £136 depending on length which is around £50 cheaper than the equivalent NCT Signature course. 

Please take a look at our course dates to find a course and location that suits you.

We also offer one-to-one sessions for those who prefer not to be part of a group or whose lifestyles mean they would find it difficult to attend all the sessions on a full antenatal course.  

See what parents are saying about us. We think you’ll be convinced!

Meet the Teachers

We set up About Birth & Babies in 2014 in response to local demand for more affordable independent antenatal classes with fully qualified and experienced teachers. We are a group of NCT trained antenatal teachers who offer antenatal classes in Norwich and the surrounding areas as well as Bungay. We have many years of experience in facilitating childbirth preparation courses where we identify and discuss the things that are important to the women and their birth partners.

Everyone involved in About Birth & Babies lives locally; we all have children of our own and established relationships with midwives and other health professionals in the area. This, together with an excellent knowledge of the local maternity services ensures our knowledge is up to date and in line with local practice. One of us is also a midwife, one a breastfeeding peer supporter.

Quality standards are monitored and continuous professional development carried out annually. These are strict requirements which we must meet before our Licence to Practice as qualified antenatal teachers is renewed. We are members of the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT). This is a regulatory body who ensure their members meet high professional standards by requiring proof of recognised qualifications for membership. You can therefore be reassured that we are competent to practice.

If you would like to find out a little bit more about us, please read our personal profiles.

Latest news

Baby crawling

We are super excited to announce that we are part of the new collaboration, Pregnancy & Parenthood. As a group of Norfolk’s leading birth educators and postnatal/baby specialists, we have come together to take you on your unique path through pregnancy and into early parenthood. Continuing to provide our individual first class care for expectant parents, in working together our aim is to help you prepare fully for one of the most exciting journeys you will ever take.