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’ in the Pregnancy, Baby and Child Awards.

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 antenatal classes complement the education and support that midwives and health visitors provide in the eight hours allocated by the NHS. We know some couples are keen to extend their knowledge along their pathway to parenting and would prefer smaller groups which offer an opportunity to ask questions, cover additional birth and baby topics and explore these in more detail. Small groups also promote long-term friendships for support.

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 breathing and 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!

  • All our antenatal teachers were originally trained by the NCT and completed their robust, three year training programme in antenatal education and adult learning facilitation. We are fully qualified to teach antenatal classes and licensed to practice. You can therefore be assured of our credibility, knowledge and experience.
  • About Birth & Babies 12-16 hour antenatal courses 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!
  • Our courses are not like the ones you might see online. One of the advantages of attending our courses is that you actually meet others in person which encourages real friendships for support. After birth, your babies can also get together for playdates with other babies! 
  • All our teachers are well-loved, live locally and have knowledge about the local maternity service.
  • Being a small independent business means we can offer full antenatal courses 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 independent reviews. In addition, we won ‘Best Pregnancy Class’ in the 2018 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.  

Having another baby and looking to refresh your knowledge? 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

Our next free Early Pregnancy Class for couples is scheduled to take place on Monday 15th July 19:30 - 21:30 at Rowan House Centre, Hethersett. contact us to book. 

We are delighted that local parents recently voted for our antenatal classes in the ‘Best Pregnancy Class’ category of the 2018 Norfolk Pregnancy, Baby & Child Awards. We made it through to the final and an independent panel pronounced us the winners at the awards dinner in December!

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.