New Life Classes deliver evidence-based antenatal classes taught by midwives in Bristol and Bath. We offer a genuine alternative to traditional antenatal classes, for first-time parents looking for something a little more comprehensive.

We equip you to start, what is probably, the most exciting journey of your life with the tools, information and professional support you need to feel well-informed, empowered and confident in your body’s ability to cope. We understand everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is different. So, we simply give you the practical information to make informed choices, and support you in those choices – without judgement.

Iona Smith
Managing Director

Testimonials

It’s a really informative course and Violet is a knowledgeable course leader. We feel a lot more confident in having a baby now.
It’s a really informative course and Violet is a knowledgeable course leader. We feel a lot more confident in having a baby now.
Fantastic course that has prepared us well for the weeks ahead! Violet and Iona are very experienced, friendly and good fun! As this course is led by midwives, the information provided is current and evidence-based. Thank you!
Fantastic course that has prepared us well for the weeks ahead! Violet and Iona are very experienced, friendly and good fun! As this course is led by midwives, the information …
The course has been extremely helpful. We feel equipped with the practical knowledge we need to take the next step.
The course has been extremely helpful. We feel equipped with the practical knowledge we need to take the next step.
Thank you. Now we're so much better informed. All bases were covered in the course. Thanks again! So nice to have a knowledgeable professional imparting their experience.
Thank you. Now we're so much better informed. All bases were covered in the course. Thanks again! So nice to have a knowledgeable professional imparting their experience.
I came to New Life Classes clueless about what to expect and my responsibilities. I feel that we have learned a lot and we feel prepared!!!
I came to New Life Classes clueless about what to expect and my responsibilities. I feel that we have learned a lot and we feel prepared!!!
Excellent course. Informative and interestingly presented and great chance to meet people.
Excellent course. Informative and interestingly presented and great chance to meet people.
An excellent course – really friendly and engaging course leader, and useful tips and tricks.
An excellent course – really friendly and engaging course leader, and useful tips and tricks.
Thanks Ellie – you were a great course leader and really knowledgeable.
Thanks Ellie – you were a great course leader and really knowledgeable.
Very useful info, we’re now feeling more prepared for having a baby. 5 Stars!
Very useful info, we’re now feeling more prepared for having a baby. 5 Stars!
Before we started this course we had no idea. Now we feel ready as we can be and can’t imagine having a baby without it!
Before we started this course we had no idea. Now we feel ready as we can be and can’t imagine having a baby without it!
We have learned so much valuable information and it’s great to know it’s coming from an experienced professional.
We have learned so much valuable information and it’s great to know it’s coming from an experienced professional.
2 thumbs up.
2 thumbs up.
We came in lacking knowledge and not knowing what to expect. We left feeling informed and ready for parenthood (or at least as best we could be!)
We came in lacking knowledge and not knowing what to expect. We left feeling informed and ready for parenthood (or at least as best we could be!)
We are really glad we attended New Life Classes, not only to meet other people in the same boat as us, but because we learnt lots!
We are really glad we attended New Life Classes, not only to meet other people in the same boat as us, but because we learnt lots!
Violet was fantastic and provided us with so much helpful advice and comprehensive information in a really reassuring way. Thank you!
Violet was fantastic and provided us with so much helpful advice and comprehensive information in a really reassuring way. Thank you!
We really enjoyed the course and Violet was an excellent tutor! We feel much more prepared from the course.
We really enjoyed the course and Violet was an excellent tutor! We feel much more prepared from the course.
Brilliant course. We feel much more confident about both the experience of childbirth, but also the practicalities of dealing with a newborn. Thank you so much.
Brilliant course. We feel much more confident about both the experience of childbirth, but also the practicalities of dealing with a newborn. Thank you so much.
We feel so much better prepared than when we started the course – hopefully we’ll now know what we’re doing!
We feel so much better prepared than when we started the course – hopefully we’ll now know what we’re doing!
New life classes have been brilliant. We thought we knew things but it really provided us with with more information. We feel more prepared for our baby. Thank you.
New life classes have been brilliant. We thought we knew things but it really provided us with with more information. We feel more prepared for our baby. Thank you.
The course is very helpful for first-time parents. It goes through things we wouldn’t have even thought about. Well worth the money and great to meet new parents too.
The course is very helpful for first-time parents. It goes through things we wouldn’t have even thought about. Well worth the money and great to meet new parents too.
A really useful course that put both our minds at rest. It was great to meet new people in the same situation as us who knew equally as little as us at the beginning. Dany was lovely and very welcoming.
A really useful course that put both our minds at rest. It was great to meet new people in the same situation as us who knew equally as little as …
We really enjoyed the course and found it really helpful. All the staff were brilliant!
We really enjoyed the course and found it really helpful. All the staff were brilliant!
Really useful and informative, we feel (almost!) ready for our baby now.
Really useful and informative, we feel (almost!) ready for our baby now.
We really enjoyed the class – especially the knowledgeable leaders and learning about how to welcome our baby.
We really enjoyed the class – especially the knowledgeable leaders and learning about how to welcome our baby.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course – thank you.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course – thank you.
"Thank you, really great supportive course. We feel a lot more prepared."
"Thank you, really great supportive course. We feel a lot more prepared."
Fantastic course, worth every penny. Violet was lovely and very knowledgeable. I feel much more prepared for baby’s arrival now. Thank you!
Fantastic course, worth every penny. Violet was lovely and very knowledgeable. I feel much more prepared for baby’s arrival now. Thank you!
"I couldn't more highly recommend the New Life Classes in Bristol which are led by experienced midwife Bonny and course organiser Iona. In the six pre-birth sessions we've done so far we've covered pregnancy, labour, labour complications/interventions, feeding, looking after a newborn and mental health/relationship changes. I feel like Bonny …
"I couldn't more highly recommend the New Life Classes in Bristol which are led by experienced midwife Bonny and course organiser Iona. In the six pre-birth sessions we've done so …
"We would highly recommend Bonny and Iona's New Life antenatal courses - they deliver very professional sessions in a really fun, interactive, practical, and informative way. There can be an overwhelming amount of information and opinions flying around when you have your first child and New Life really helped to …
"We would highly recommend Bonny and Iona's New Life antenatal courses - they deliver very professional sessions in a really fun, interactive, practical, and informative way. There can be an …
"We have just finished our New Life Classes and could not praise it enough. Sessions were informative in a personal, relaxed manner. Topics covered everything we need to know before our baby arrives. All sessions were led by amazing midwives who could offer guidance in a non judgemental way. I …
"We have just finished our New Life Classes and could not praise it enough. Sessions were informative in a personal, relaxed manner. Topics covered everything we need to know before …
"My husband and I really enjoyed our NLC classes. We both feel much better prepared for starting a family now, we hadn't realised how little we knew till we started the classes. The course is run by professional midwives so all the information is really up-to-date. The classes are very …
"My husband and I really enjoyed our NLC classes. We both feel much better prepared for starting a family now, we hadn't realised how little we knew till we started …
“As a doctor (and in my case an obstetrician) I chose New Life Classes the evidenced-based approach really appealed to me. I was really impressed with the sessions, which were comprehensive and fun.Although some of the content was familiar to me, I learnt loads and found the classes a great …
“As a doctor (and in my case an obstetrician) I chose New Life Classes the evidenced-based approach really appealed to me. I was really impressed with the sessions, which were …
"My wife and I signed up for New Life Classes before the birth of our little boy, Edward. Neither of us were quite sure what to expect going in, but after just the first class we realised that we had made the right choice. The classes were very informative and …
"My wife and I signed up for New Life Classes before the birth of our little boy, Edward. Neither of us were quite sure what to expect going in, but …
"My partner and I booked onto the New Life classes in Bedminster, after finding I'd left it too late to get on to NCT in our area. We loved the classes. They were really informative, but also informal, in that we were able to ask lots of questions (and we …
"My partner and I booked onto the New Life classes in Bedminster, after finding I'd left it too late to get on to NCT in our area. We loved the …
"My husband and I decided to attend New life classes after NCT cancelled on us last minute. They were really excellent, couldn't recommended them more. Really friendly, relaxed and laid back with a very realistic view of birth and beyond. Ceri was an excellent teacher with such a lot of …
"My husband and I decided to attend New life classes after NCT cancelled on us last minute. They were really excellent, couldn't recommended them more. Really friendly, relaxed and laid …
“A wonderfully engaging and informative course delivered with care, sensitivity and the right amount of fun by a midwife with an obvious passion and bags of real-life NHS experience.”
“A wonderfully engaging and informative course delivered with care, sensitivity and the right amount of fun by a midwife with an obvious passion and bags of real-life NHS experience.”
Great course as an alternative to NCT. Really liked that it’s midwife-led and evidence-based and felt like I could trust the experience more going into the uncertain times of not knowing whats next with my pregnancy.
Great course as an alternative to NCT. Really liked that it’s midwife-led and evidence-based and felt like I could trust the experience more going into the uncertain times of not …
Amazing course – fun, honest and more in line with modern-day parenting. Thank you for easing us into parenthood. No question seemed too silly…we’ve left with so much more understanding. Thank you.
Amazing course – fun, honest and more in line with modern-day parenting. Thank you for easing us into parenthood. No question seemed too silly…we’ve left with so much more understanding. …
We would recommend New Life Classes to anyone, they have been informative without being overwhelming, and they have filled us with confidence in starting parenthood. We always look forward to Tuesday evenings and found them relaxed, friendly, interesting and fun! The biscuits were nice too! Thank you so much.
We would recommend New Life Classes to anyone, they have been informative without being overwhelming, and they have filled us with confidence in starting parenthood. We always look forward to …
"We have just finished our New Life Classes and are waiting for our first baby to make an appearance! We have been so impressed with the course and feel like we have learned everything we need to know and met some lovely people along the way.Iona and Bonny are a …
"We have just finished our New Life Classes and are waiting for our first baby to make an appearance! We have been so impressed with the course and feel like …
Could not recommend New Life Classes highly enough – very practical advice and thorough course content.
Could not recommend New Life Classes highly enough – very practical advice and thorough course content.
This course has been incredibly valuable and informative. Excellent social interaction and discussion, covering everything that you need to know, in a relaxed and informal manner.
This course has been incredibly valuable and informative. Excellent social interaction and discussion, covering everything that you need to know, in a relaxed and informal manner.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the New Life Classes and would definitely recommend to other new parents to be. Very insightful and informative.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the New Life Classes and would definitely recommend to other new parents to be. Very insightful and informative.
A very good, practical and research-based course in an open and friendly environment. The course leader was very experienced and offered excellent advice.
A very good, practical and research-based course in an open and friendly environment. The course leader was very experienced and offered excellent advice.
Very informative, excellent knowledge. Learnt masses, especially on labour and childcare. Great teachers 🙂 !!
Very informative, excellent knowledge. Learnt masses, especially on labour and childcare. Great teachers 🙂 !!
Very informative but casual enough to feel at ease and ask questions. Great teachers! Great biscuits!
Very informative but casual enough to feel at ease and ask questions. Great teachers! Great biscuits!
The course has provided us with an insight into the joys and challenges of parenthood. Thanks to a supportive and friendly environment we feel more confident to deal with many eventualities. Thank you!
The course has provided us with an insight into the joys and challenges of parenthood. Thanks to a supportive and friendly environment we feel more confident to deal with many …
Great trainer (Kate), useful and practical advice. Good fun too!
Great trainer (Kate), useful and practical advice. Good fun too!
Really good classes for first-time parents. So glad we signed up to them. We now feel much more prepared for the arrival of our baby. Carley was great, approachable and friendly. Thank you so much.
Really good classes for first-time parents. So glad we signed up to them. We now feel much more prepared for the arrival of our baby. Carley was great, approachable and …
Informative and the course really does prepare you! Emma was fab and the attention-to-detail was second-to-none. See you at the birth!
Informative and the course really does prepare you! Emma was fab and the attention-to-detail was second-to-none. See you at the birth!
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