We know that having a baby is an important and special time, but that becoming parents can be exciting as well as daunting and challenging.
"The course was excellent. I came away with a lot of useful knowledge and felt that I could make informed decisions about my labour and birth."
We want you to be informed and to feel confident during your pregnancy, birth and into the early weeks of parenthood. We want you to feel able to trust your instincts. We hope parents–to-be will go on to enjoy straightforward births using the knowledge and skills they learn in our antenatal classes. Those that have medical intervention will feel better prepared and informed, helping them to understand their experience, following discussion and activities on the course.
We often get asked what the difference is between NHS antenatal classes and what we offer.
Sadly, for the majority of expectant parents, the NHS Pathway to Parenting course is only available online now and the information is quite limited.
In contrast, our face-to-face courses are 15 - 16 hours long, typically have six - nine couples attending and are interactive. We have the time to devote to you and your individual needs so can discuss topics in detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify learning. Feedback tells us couples feel more prepared and confident as a result of attending and are part of that all important support network.
We are Sian Verney and Ann Roberts; independent antenatal teachers, who hold diplomas in Antenatal Education awarded by the NCT and have over 40 years combined experience in facilitating antenatal classes. Yep we truly are your local experts! In addition, we hold qualifications in biomechanics, hypnobirthing, breastfeeding and sleep coaching and attend regular continuous professional development in all aspects of antenatal and postnatal education.
After decades of facilitating antenatal courses for the NCT, in 2014 we took the decision to act on the feedback we had received from hundreds of parents and created a new private antenatal course that is comprehensive, modern, sociable, interactive, supportive, unbiased, competitively priced and fun!
About Birth & Babies was officially launched in 2015 and have gone from strength to strength regularly receiving referrals from previous clients and midwives, 5* reviews and won ’Best Pregnancy Class’ in the Norfolk Parent Baby and Child Awards 2018 and 2019! Sadly the awards are no longer running due to Covid.
Our facilitation skills mean that no two courses are the same; we start with a framework of core topics and build on that as we identify and discuss what’s important to the women and their birth partners rather than following a prescribed list. As fully trained teachers we have the knowledge and expertise to discuss topics related to early pregnancy through labour and birth and into early parenthood and are one of the few local providers qualified to offer this full package.
As a local, independent group of teachers, we also have the autonomy to offer a more personalised service than national organisations, flexibility in terms of course formats and venues and our low overheads are reflected in our course prices. Are our courses inferior to those who charge much more? No! Winning ’Best Pregnancy Class in Norfolk’ twice and receiving over seventy 5∗ reviews is testament to that. We know couples want to attend private antenatal classes because they benefit greatly from doing so but it’s an expensive time so we price our courses fairly in the hope that more couples are able to attend.
"Booking a course was definitely one of our best decisions and worth every penny; We would recommend it to any couple expecting their first baby."
Emma & Oliver, Browston
We live in Norfolk, have children of our own and established relationships with midwives and other health professionals in the area. This, together with an excellent understanding of the local maternity services ensures our knowledge is up to date and in line with local practice. Sian also volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter and sits on Maternity Voices Norwich at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
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.