COVID–19 UPDATE: 31 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.
We’re gearing up to 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 during some in-person sessions, 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 a closed WhatsApp group. 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.
We provide LOCAL antenatal courses and support expectant parents across Norfolk and north Suffolk. Our blended in-person and online courses enable friendships to be formed. When this passes, you will have your ‘village’!
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.
Would you like to understand more about birth and what your birth partner can do to support you?
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Here’s why you should sign up for Norfolk’s ’best pregnancy class’ today!
“We didn’t think we needed to complete a course like this - until we had completed it!
We learnt heaps and feel so much more prepared and confident for the road ahead, particularly
my partner. He didn’t appreciate how important his role is and just how much he can do to help me.”
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 comprehensive 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. 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.
Sian and Ann live locally and have established relationships with midwives and other health professionals in the area. Combined with extensive specialist training, decades of experience and an excellent knowledge of the local maternity services, this ensures our knowledge is up to date and in line with local practice. Sian also volunteers as a breastfeeding peer supporter at the Norfolk and Norwich and is an active member of Maternity Voices Norwich.
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 13th July 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.