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 winner of ’Best Pregnancy Service’ two years running.

COVID–19 UPDATE: 28 November 2021


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. 

In response to feedback from hundreds of local expectant parents, we’re now offering full face to face antenatal courses as well as blended antenatal courses which are a mix of in-person and online sessions. Courses with dates marked F2F indicate which sessions will be face to face.

If you follow a blended course, social contact can be enjoyed during the in-person sessions when we will cover the more practical elements of the course. Theory will be the focus of the online sessions when we can easily move you into break out rooms. One of the greatest benefits? You can join from the comfort of your own home or while away from home!

All online sessions are interactive live versions of our popular, award winning face to face classes. All teaching is in the moment via live video conferencing, Q&A sessions and discussion in large and small groups.

Regardless of which course you choose to follow, we always set up a closed WhatsApp group so we can keep in touch easily, answer questions, share ideas and provide reassurance.

We provide LOCAL antenatal courses and support expectant parents across Norfolk and north Suffolk. Our courses enable friendships to be formed so you will have your ‘village’ for support!

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

Welcome to Norfolk’s Antenatal Hub! 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 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?

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?!

Do you love your sleep and wonder how you’ll cope with the sleepless nights?

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

  • Group antenatal classes are held throughout Norwich. 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 16 hours long made up of 14 hours of antenatal education and a 2 hour postnatal social. Traditional core topics are combined with the latest evidence-based information. We listened to feedback from dozens of new parents and created an antenatal course that is comprehensive, interactive, practical, unbiased, relevant, supportive, competitively priced, sociable and fun! Here is what you can expect to cover
  • Tools and strategies are provided for pregnancy, birth and early parenthood to ensure you are fully prepared.
  • You will practice skills such as massage and nappy changing, discuss topics in groups, ask questions and clarify learning.
  • Hypnobirthing essentials are included on all our courses but you can ‘bolt on’ additional hypnobirthing classes to explore this technique further. You can read more here
  • Meeting regularly is not just about the learning. You’ll meet other local expectant parents for friendship and support. All our courses include a postnatal reunion which gives us the opportunity to check back in with you and provides an opportunity to meet all the babies.
  • We’re professional antenatal teachers so you can be assured of our credibility, knowledge and experience. We originally completed the robust three year training programme with the NCT and have over 40 years combined experience so definitely your local experts when it comes to facilitating antenatal classes! We hold a number of further qualifications in hypnobirthing, biomechanics, breastfeeding and sleep coaching. We are registered, insured and licensed to practice. As conscientious practitioners, we carry out annual Continuous Professional Development to ensure we remain up to date and provide courses that are relevant, research based and promote informed decision making. 
  • 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 for support and reassurance. Come and meet us here!
  • Being a small, local and 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 Service’ two years in a row (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 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.”
Sarah, Norwich

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 group 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’re Sian and Ann. We set up About Birth & Babies in 2014 in response to increased local demand for private antenatal courses with fully qualified and experienced antenatal teachers.

We offer comprehensive childbirth preparation courses in Norwich and the surrounding areas. 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.

We 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 Hospital 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.

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Latest news

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. Sadly this is no longer running due to Covid-19.

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.