Antenatal courses to enhance your preparation for birth and parenthood

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About Birth & Babies is one of the most popular providers of private antenatal classes in Norfolk and Suffolk and winner of ’Best Pregnancy Class/Service 2018 and 2019’.

Hundreds of expectant parents join us each year on our award winning antenatal courses. We bring together local pregnant women and their birth partners, creating supportive communities of like-minded parents-to-be whose babies are due around the same time.

Our private face-to-face antenatal classes complement the support that midwives and health visitors provide perfectly. Since the NHS Pathway to Parenting courses went online, we have received an increase in enquiries as most expectant parents are keen to extend their knowledge and would prefer small, interactive groups.

We‘ve responded to this increase in demand by offering more courses in existing areas and expanding into new areas.

Would you like to understand more about birth and what your birth companion can do to support you?

Have you ‘signed up’ to be a birth partner but don’t feel confident in your role?

Would you like to learn more about how a positive mindset really can help?

Do you know how to handle a newborn baby and change a nappy?!

Here’s why you should sign up for Norfolk’s ’best pregnancy class’ today!

  • Our antenatal classes are comprehensive and will give you the knowledge, confidence and skills you need to have a calm and positive birth experience no matter how your baby is born. Armed with extensive knowledge, you will feel fully empowered to ask questions and trust your natural instincts in order to make the best choices for you and your baby.
  • Courses are 12-16 hours long, combine traditional core topics with the latest evidence-based research and a modern approach. We listened to feedback from dozens of new parents and created an antenatal course that is comprehensive, interactive, unbiased, supportive, competitively priced, sociable and fun!
  • Online courses usually provide more basic ‘essential’ information. All the About Birth & Babies courses are comprehensive, interactive, relevant and practical; expectant parents can practice things like massage and nappy changing, discuss topics in groups, ask questions and clarify learning.
  • Parents-to-be are given real tools and strategies to use throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood to increase confidence and ensure they are fully prepared for the journey.
  • Through regular interactions at the classes, real friendships are formed. Parents have a ready-made support network and most continue to meet up with their babies for many years.
  • All our antenatal teachers were originally trained by the NCT and completed their robust, three year diploma training in Antenatal Education. In addition, Sian holds the Diploma in Hypnobirthing from KGHypnobirthing and has completed the Unicef Babyfriendly Breastfeeding Training and Ann has a BA in Educational Studies. We are fully qualified to teach all aspects of antenatal education, are registered, insured and licensed to practice. As conscientious practitioners, we view the requirement to carry out annual Continuous Professional Development as an essential to ensure we remain up to date and provide courses that are relevant. You can therefore be assured of our credibility, knowledge and experience. 
  • All our teachers are well-loved, live locally and ensure they have up to date knowledge about the local maternity service. They are almost always available via phone, email or in person to support parents during pregnancy and into early parenthood.
  • Being a small independent business means we can offer comprehensive antenatal education at incredibly competitive prices and payment by instalments. 
  • Crucially we receive regular referrals from midwives and previous clients, excellent feedback and our courses are 5* rated. In addition, we won ‘Best Pregnancy Class’ in the 2018 and 2019 Norfolk Pregnancy, Baby & Child Awards. 

Please take a look at our course dates to find a full antenatal course at a 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.  

Our refresher courses cover preparation for birth and parenthood while recognising the challenges you may have faced previously. They also consider the impact of introducing a new baby to your family. Our course dates can be found here.

We would love to support you along your pathway to parenthood. See what parents are saying about us. We think you’ll be convinced!

Award Winners

Meet the Teachers

We set up About Birth & Babies in 2014 in response to increased local demand for private antenatal classes with fully qualified and experienced teachers.

We offer full childbirth preparation courses in Norwich and the surrounding areas as well as Bungay. We have many years of experience in facilitating antenatal classes where we identify and discuss the things that are important to the women and their birth partners. Whilst we all completed the robust training with the NCT, we no longer teach for the NCT in the Norfolk and Suffolk areas. As independent teachers we are able to offer flexibility in terms of course dates, times and venues, work closely with other local birth and baby specialists and discuss topics on our courses that reflect modern parenting.

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 also volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter.

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

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Latest news

Next free Early Pregnancy Class Monday 27th January 19:30 - 21:30 at Rowan House Centre, Hethersett. contact us to book. 

We won for the second year running! An independent panel pronounced us the winner of the ‘Best Pregnancy Class⁄Service 2019’ in the Norfolk Pregnancy, Baby & Child Awards on 5th December.

We’re proud to be part of Pregnancy & Parenthood - Norfolk’s team of leading birth educators and postnatal/baby specialists. Continuing to provide our individual first class care, in working together our aim is to help prepare you fully for one of the most exciting journeys you will ever take.