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Antenatal Classes Online

 

For over 20 years, NowBaby has been a trusted antenatal partner for over 100 NHS clinics, catering to over 500,000 expectant mums annually.

 

Led by expert NHS Midwives, our live and interactive platform provides real-time guidance and support, ensuring you receive personalised attention from the comfort of your own home. With the opportunity to ask questions to trained midwives during sessions, you gain valuable insights and address any concerns directly. Join us online and experience the convenience and expertise of our antenatal classes firsthand.

 

Our antenatal classes range from 4 weeks with 8 separate classes, to a one-day intensive course. Just choose which works best for your schedule.

 

 

Operating in partnership with 140 maternity clinics.
Operating in partnership with 140 maternity clinics.
Antenatal Classes Online
  • Established over 20 years
  • Live & Online
  • 60,000+ Community
Which course format is right for me?
Whether you prefer a gentle-paced four-week journey or an intensive one-day session, we have four options to cater to your unique lifestyle and needs.
Online Antenatal Classes: What you’ll learn
Live online antenatal classes led by experienced NHS-trained midwives, you'll learn everything you need to help you on your journey, from early pregnancy right through to baby care, ensuring you're well-prepared for your pregnancy and beyond. Join a diverse class community – individuals, couples, and those with friends or family. Revisit class materials in the portal at your convenience, ensuring you're well-prepared for your pregnancy and beyond.

Journey to Motherhood is the first class for pregnant women in our 8-session antenatal courses, focusing upon antenatal care and choices and preparing for your pregnancy labour birth. During the antenatal classes we guide you through:

  • The role of your midwife and maternity care team

  • Your antenatal appointment schedule

  • Self-care in pregnancy

  • Pregnancy health & complications

  • Diet, exercise and things to avoid

  • Birth options – where to have your baby

  • What to pack in your hospital bags

  • Creating a birth plan – where to start

Preparing Mind and Body is based on what labour and birth is from a physiological and emotional perspective. Amina, our midwife and course leader believes “that reframing how we view birth and understanding how your birth hormones can affect your birth is key in having a positive and empowered birth experience – however that may be. We can’t predict or plan birth, but we can prepare positively for it.” This class involves:

  • Ideas about pregnancy labour birth

  • The physiology of labour birth

  • Hormones and what role they play

  • The impact of fear and tension on birthing

  • Creating your birth zone

  • Preparing a toolkit for birthing

  • Optimum fetal positioning

  • Perineal Massage

Attend our Labour and Birth Process class to find out about what happens in and during childbirth.

  • Birth pathway and how that might look

  • Different stages of childbirth

  • How to tell if you may be in labour

  • Latent & active phases

  • The second stage and how it may feel

  • Transition of childbirth and how impacts you

  • Third stage of childbirth and how it can be managed

  • Current practices such as delayed cord clamping

This class takes an alternative pathway to birth because we know that birth comes in different forms.

  • The induction and augmentation of childbirth

  • Pain management / Pain relief – from TENS machines to Epidurals

  • What is birth variation and why it may happen

  • Addressing the myths and facts about assisted and alternative births

  • Assisted birth

  • Birth by caesarean operation

This postnatal class is all about your new baby, aiming to help clear up some of the myths and facts and support you in feeling confident in making the right choices for a great life with a new baby

Starting from the first moments where you meet your baby we explore:

  • Skin-to-Skin contact and the golden hour

  • New-born checks after birth. The umbilical cord and healing

  • Vitamin K – what it is and your options

  • Ways your baby may behave in the first few days and weeks

  • Baby hygiene – from nappy changes to bathing your newborn

  • What your baby may look like – from newborn skin to birthmarks

  • Jaundice in the early weeks after your baby is born

  • Common concerns of parenting a newborn

The New Mum. We know that the changes that occur with your body and emotions after the birth of your baby are often overshadowed and overlooked by the focus on baby.  In this class no subject or questions are taboo and in our group we are free to talk about:

  • Bleeding after birth and what it means

  • Perineal tears and care

  • Abdominal and pelvic floor exercises

  • Breast care information and changes that occur

  • Your emotional and mental health after your baby is due

  • Adjusting to life with a baby and how to prepare

This evidence based class aims to help you feel confident about feeding your baby. We know how keen parents are to understand and discuss breastfeeding and there is no time better than the antenatal period to get started.  During the antenatal class we explore common issues related to breastfeeding. Find out more about our breastfeeding class here.

  • The physiology of breastfeeding and the changes that happen

  • Benefits of breastfeeding for mum and baby

  • Understanding breastmilk – how it changes and why

  • The supply and demand cycle of breastmilk

  • Information on what a good latch and attachment is

  • Different breastfeeding positions

  • The feeding cues your baby expresses

  • Your baby’s appetite and how it changes over time.

Join the final in our series of antenatal classes, in this course you learn about what to do in an emergency from our professionals. Find out more about our baby first aid class here.

  • Support parents in trusting their instincts

  • Tips on where to find free help

  • Common childhood illnesses

  • Recognise early signs of illness and infections

  • What to do when your baby is unwell

  • Learn how Meningitis affects a child and signs to look out for

  • Choking & how to manage cuts & burns

  • Essential advice on SIDS and keeping your baby safe

  • CPR information and when you may need to use it

Loved by our customers

Incredible course, really informative and friendly. You could ask any questions needed and would feel comfortable doing so
Holly
Wonderfully informative and well presented. You clearly love your job and have such a passion for it. Thank you.
Ally
A very informative and helpful course. The midwife was friendly and engaging. I’d definitely recommend it to other expectant mums!
LD
It was a really good class. Very informative and good to hear. You cover multiple points and explained the pain relief clearly.
Katrina

Taught by NHS midwives

Our midwives have extensive experience working in the NHS and private sector to provide you with bespoke one-to -one care and support.

Amina Hatia RM
Midwife / Course Leader
Despina Georgiou
Registered Midwife / Class Tutor
Annum Tariq
Midwife
Hayley McGrath RM
Registered Midwife/ Class Tutor
Why Choose NowBaby?
  • Taught by qualified NHS midwives & Antenatal experts
  • Live & fully interactive
  • Birth partners welcome
  • From the comfort of your own home
  • Class recordings and notes available
  • 60,000+ community of new parents to connect with

The NowBaby Portal

Access all your classes and courses in one place. Forever. Unlock a world of knowledge with our antenatal classes! Seamlessly access course materials and join live sessions through the intuitive NowBaby Portal. Immerse yourself in the ultimate pregnancy education experience, ensuring you’re confidently prepared for parenthood with NowBaby.
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Frequently asked questions

All our classes are designed to be taken in the comfort of your own home, to minimise time needed and expense of travelling.

Anyone is welcome to join in with you, not just limited to your partner.

classes are held in small groups where interaction is encouraged.

The classes are all held over Zoom. You will be sent a link and all the class details upon registration and again a few days before the first class. All participants can interact, but you may keep your cameras and microphones turned off if you prefer. they are interactive sessions so the midwives will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Your birthing partner is encouraged to attend, or family support members whether parent, grandparent or just good friend! pets are often in attendance too!

All our courses cover the same content .. nothing will be missed out on the shorter course formats, just the information is gone through a little quicker. Just choose the format where the timings and date suits you.

You will be sent a recording of each class the morning after, together with notes and links to useful websites for further advice. the recordings will be yours to keep and re watch at your leisure.

If you are unwell or have technical difficulties a refund will be issued.

Alternatively we will endeavour to help you find an alternative course/date that might suit you better.

Book onto an upcoming course
Choose the format that works best for you
  • 2 Week Antenatal Course (2 Week Antenatal Course)
  • 4 Week Antenatal Course (4 Week Antenatal Course)
  • One Day Antenatal Course (One Day Antenatal Course)
  • Weekend Antenatal Course (Weekend Course)

Connect with our community

Join our vibrant community of over 60,000 members. Access helpful advice, live Q&A sessions, and engage with other expecting parents who share your journey.

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Additional Antenatal Education

NowBaby provides expert advice outside of our antenatal classes to help you along your journey.
Additional Antenatal Classes FAQ

Antenatal classes are an ideal opportunity to learn, understand and prepare for your pregnancy, labour and birth, life after birth and with a new baby. Whilst reading books and articles online can be a really helpful starting point, an antenatal class run by experts such as our midwives, help you navigate and understand what to expect of your care in pregnancy, your choices and options during labour and birth of your baby and prepare for life with a new baby such as learning about breastfeeding and new-born care.

Our courses are online, so from the comfort of your own home, live and fully interactive – so you’ll also get to know others on the course who are at a similar stage in pregnancy as you and share experiences with them too.

You can never prepare too early for labour and birth, and you’ve probably been reading up on your pregnancy already. Whilst it is a personal choice and we don’t limit what stage in pregnancy you join our courses, if you like to be prepared well in advance, or you are feeling unsure about your care, experience anxiety or need some one-to-one advice, booking in at around 26 weeks is ideal. This provides plenty of time to prepare and help you feel more positive and ready for life with a new baby.

However, many also book later on in their pregnancy – anytime up to 38 weeks. Our weekend and 2-week courses are ideal for those that wish to have a more intensive class or want to have the information fresh in their mind just before their baby arrives.

Absolutely! – Antenatal classes are for anyone who needs them, and our live online classes have a range of people attend, from couples, to people who prefer to join on their own, with other family members and often pets too. As online classes allow people to join from anywhere, we often have birth partners join in from work and watch the class together. All the live classes are also recorded and sent to you to watch back whenever you need to – offering a great chance to revisit the information whenever you need to.

As our classes are online, there is no limit or restrictions on who you bring to the classes. If you have a birth partner who you know will be with you during labour and birth, then it’s great if they can attend. We hear back from so many people that their partner/birth partner found the class so useful in knowing what to expect, how to offer support and what to prepare for.

Your birth partner can be whoever you choose – for some it’s their partner, for others it may be a close friend, mum, sister or a doula.

All of our classes are run by expert midwives, who have a wealth of experience and love running antenatal classes because they know how important being prepared beforehand can be. Our team of Now Baby midwives all work in NHS hospitals as clinical midwives as well as sharing their knowledge and expertise in our classes too. You will also see the participants of the class who may be on their own, a couple, or with friends and family – however, don’t worry it’s not compulsory to have your camera, only if you choose to.

To ensure that the classes run smoothly, our IT experts will also be in the class making sure that the audio and video quality is perfect and helping to sort out quickly any issues that may arise.

As experts in antenatal education, we are so passionate about making sure that our courses are accessible and affordable to everyone. We have priced all of our courses at £120 for this reason – that covers over 10 hours of live and interactive classes, follow up notes and information, a recording of every class and ongoing support from our midwives long after the course has ended. Always look out for special offers and promotions!

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