COVID–19 UPDATE: 22 July 2021
IN–PERSON ANTENATAL CLASSES AND IN-PERSON POSTNATAL REUNIONS ARE RUNNING REGULARLY
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 sought feedback from dozens of expectant and new parents who overwhelmingly voted for us to run blended antenatal courses rather than returning to all in-person but ensuring more time was spent in-person than online. Courses with dates marked F2F indicate which sessions will be face to face. The result? They’re super popular! Social contact can be enjoyed during the in-person sessions when we will cover the more practical elements of the course such as nappy changing and breastfeeding. 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 fun and interactive live versions of our popular, award winning face to face classes. All teaching is in the moment, and you will increase your knowledge and confidence whilst getting to know each other further via live video conferencing, Q&A sessions and discussion in large and small groups.
We will also 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 blended courses still 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.
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 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. 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.
Free Online Early Pregnancy Class. 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. 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.