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About Birth & Babies is your local leading provider of private antenatal and hypnobirthing classes in Norfolk and winner of ’Best Antenatal Course’ two years running.

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 antenatal course’ 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 15-16 hours long made up of 13-14 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 pregnancy courses but you can ‘bolt on’ additional hypnobirthing classes to explore this technique further. You can read more here
  • We will set up a closed WhatsApp group so we can keep in touch and provide support and reassurance during your pregnancy and during the first few months after your birth.
  • Meeting regularly is not just about the learning. If you attend one of our group antenatal courses, you’ll meet other local expectant parents for friendship and support. All our pregnancy courses include a postnatal social which gives us the opportunity to check back in with you and provides an opportunity to meet all the babies.
  • We’re specially trained antenatal teachers so you can be assured of our credibility and knowledge. We’re definitely your local experts when it comes to facilitating pregnancy classes, especially when you consider our further qualifications in hypnobirthing, biomechanics, breastfeeding and sleep coaching! As conscientious practitioners, we carry out frequent 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

Our next Free Early Pregnancy Class is being organised. Please email us for more information on info@aboutbirthandbabies.co.uk and when ready, you can book here to secure your place.

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.