COVID–19 UPDATE 21 December - We understand that this crisis is throwing many expectant parents’ plans up in the air and heightening anxiety. 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 have been facilitating online antenatal education since March; local online antenatal courses and private 1-2-1’s. Both can be combined with our tailor made hypnobirthing course based on the KGHypnobirthing programme.
All online sessions are fun and interactive live versions of our popular, award winning face to face classes. All teaching is live, 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 WhatsApp groups. Practical babycare and breastfeeding classes can still happen onilne through the use of dolls/teddies or babies made from towels and rubber bands!
Some couples have expressed their concern about joining full online antenatal classes as the other expectant parents could be anywhere in the world. We support expectant parents across Norfolk and north Suffolk so our online courses enable friendships to be formed as near as possible to the way that they currently do in our face to face courses so that when this passes, you will have your ‘village’.
We had hoped to return to teaching face to face antenatal classes in November but since the government guidelines changed and the number of cases increased, we took the decision to remain online. However, we are able to facilitate face to face postnatal reunions! Should guidelines change again, we will revert to online reunions.
We regularly review the Coronavirus situation as we would love to get back to meeting up face to face with you all during your pregnancy. We will be sure to let you know when the guidelines change and we have risk assessed our own courses and venues. We know many of you want to get together in person while pregnant even if it’s just for a few hours so we will do what we can to make that happen.
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
Due to coronavirus, our free Early Pregnancy Classes will now be online using Zoom (free to download). The next class will be Tuesday 19th January 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.