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 and hypnobirthing classes in Norfolk and Suffolk and winner of ’Best Pregnancy Service 2018 and 2019’.

COVID–19 UPDATE: 18 May 2021

IN–PERSON POSTNATAL REUNIONS ARE RUNNING REGULARLY

IN–PERSON ANTENATAL CLASSES WILL RETURN IN JUNE (GUIDELINES PERMITTING)

We understand this pandemic is throwing many expectant parents’ plans up in the air. Our support is available to anybody, regardless of whether you have followed a course with us so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

The About Birth & Babies team moved to online antenatal education back in March 2020; local online antenatal courses, refreshers and private 1-2-1’s. All able to be combined with our tailor made hypnobirthing course based on the KGHypnobirthing programme.

ABOUT OUR LOCAL ONLINE COURSES

With falling cases of COVID-19 and rising vaccinations, we will run our new blended online and in-person classes from 21st June. Courses with dates marked F2F indicate which sessions will be face to face, while the other sessions will remain online, however, we will discuss running additional in-person sessions with each group at the time of the course. This will depend on government guidelines and whether the group actually want any more in-person sessions. A recent poll concluded that most expectant parents like the blended approach of social contact combined with attending from the comfort of their own home during some of the evenings!

All online sessions are fun and interactive live versions of our popular, award winning face to face classes. All teaching is in the moment, not pre–recorded! Expectant parents increase their knowledge and confidence whilst getting to know each other with our help via live video conferencing, Q&A sessions, discussion in large and small groups and closed WhatsApp groups. Practical babycare and breastfeeding classes can still happen onilne through the use of dolls/teddies, babies made from towels or you are welcome to borrow ours!

Some online antenatal classes have expectant parents joining from all over the country, however, we provide LOCAL antenatal courses and support expectant parents across Norfolk and north Suffolk so our online courses enable friendships to be formed as near as possible to the way they did in our face to face courses When this passes, you will have your ‘village’!

IN-PERSON POSTNATAL REUNIONS ARE BACK!

In line with government guidelines where up to 15 new parents can meet inside or outside in an organised support group, we are delighted that, our in person postnatal reunions have resumed!

We would be honoured to support you on your journey to parenthood. Please look at our dates listed under the course dates tab or get in touch

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.

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Our private face-to-face antenatal classes complement the support that midwives and health visitors provide perfectly. Most expectant parents want to learn about birth and parenting in small, interactive groups and be able to ask questions. 

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 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 and combine traditional core topics with the latest evidence-based research. 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 often provide more ‘essential’ information, however all About Birth & Babies courses are comprehensive, interactive, relevant and practical. Expectant parents are able to practice techniques such as massage and nappy changing, discuss topics in groups, ask questions and clarify learning.
  • Tools and strategies are provided for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood to ensure parents are fully prepared.
  • Expectant parents can ‘bolt on’ hypnobirthing classes to complete a full combined antenatal and hypnobirthing course
  • Meeting regularly is not just about the learning. Strong friendships and a support network are formed. Most parents continue to meet up for many years.
  • We both completed the robust three year diploma training programme in Antenatal Education with the NCT. In addition, Sian holds the KGHypnobirthing Diploma and has completed the Unicef Babyfriendly Breastfeeding Training and Biomechanics for Birth. Ann holds 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. 
  • We’re well known and (yep we’re going to say it), well-loved, live locally and ensure we have up to date knowledge about the local maternity service. We are almost always available via phone, email or in person.
  • 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 have won ‘Best Pregnancy Service’ two years in a row in the 2018 and 2019 Norfolk Pregnancy, Baby & Child Awards (no longer running due to Coronavirus). 

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!

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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

Due to coronavirus, our free Early Pregnancy Classes will now be online using Zoom (free to download). The next class will be Tuesday 8th June 7:00 - 8:30pm. Please contact us to book a place.

We won for the second year running! We are honoured to have been awarded ‘Norfolk‘s Best Pregnancy Class⁄Service’ in the Pregnancy, Baby & Child Awards 2018 and 2019.

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.