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New Life Classes deliver evidence-based antenatal classes taught by midwives in Bristol and Bath, which include baby first aid. We create small groups of expectant parents who want to build their knowledge and confidence for birth and parenting; As well as finding a new set of local friends to support them through the newborn days and beyond! (We love seeing pics of our groups still hanging out as they’re babies grow into toddlers and even start heading off to school.)

Due to coronavirus and the current social distancing measures in place, all of our antenatal classes are taking place on Zoom. But just because we have to social distance, doesn’t mean we aren’t still social! We’ve adapted the programme to make sure you have plenty of time to get to know the other parents in your group. Check out our FAQs page for more information.

We understand everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is different. So, our midwives simply give you the practical information to make informed choices, and support you in those choices – without judgement.

To help us develop a balanced antenatal class programme we spoke a wide number of doctors, midwives and private health specialists. We also spoke to hundreds of parents about what they wish they knew before having babies and included common themes into the course. We update our programme regularly to keep up-to-date with current research, as well as our customers feedback.

Since our first class in Bedminster in 2016, we’ve expanded and now teach classes in Bishopston, Bradley Stoke, Downend, Westbury-on-Trym and Bath too. We’ve supported more than 1,500 Mum’s and Dads and we’d love to support you too! If you have any questions about what we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Best wishes,

Iona Smith
Founder

Testimonials

"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 …
"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.” Nic & Jola, Bishopston antenatal classes
“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.” Nic …
"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." Zoe & Dave, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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." Niki & Tom, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"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." Nic …
"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 …
"Fantastic course, worth every penny. Violet was lovely and very knowledgeable. I feel much more prepared for baby’s arrival now. Thank you!" Nichola & Jason, Downend antenatal classes
"Fantastic course, worth every penny. Violet was lovely and very knowledgeable. I feel much more prepared for baby’s arrival now. Thank you!" Nichola & Jason, Downend antenatal classes
"Could not recommend New Life Classes highly enough – very practical advice and thorough course content." Becky & James, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"Could not recommend New Life Classes highly enough – very practical advice and thorough course content." Becky & James, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"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." Naomi & Sam, Bedminster antenatal classes
"We have thoroughly enjoyed the New Life Classes and would definitely recommend to other new parents to be. Very insightful and informative." Naomi & Sam, Bedminster antenatal classes
"A very good, practical and research-based course in an open and friendly environment. The course leader was very experienced and offered excellent advice." Hayley & Phil, Bishopston antenatal classes
"A very good, practical and research-based course in an open and friendly environment. The course leader was very experienced and offered excellent advice." Hayley & Phil, Bishopston antenatal classes
"Very informative, excellent knowledge. Learnt masses, especially on labour and childcare. Great teachers 🙂 !!" Beth & Jamie, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"Very informative, excellent knowledge. Learnt masses, especially on labour and childcare. Great teachers 🙂 !!" Beth & Jamie, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"Very informative but casual enough to feel at ease and ask questions. Great teachers! Great biscuits!" Mark & Leyna, Downend antenatal classes
"Very informative but casual enough to feel at ease and ask questions. Great teachers! Great biscuits!" Mark & Leyna, Downend antenatal classes
"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!" Carly & Liam, Downend antenatal classes
"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!" Abby & Chris, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"Great trainer (Kate), useful and practical advice. Good fun too!" Abby & Chris, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"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." Bedminster antenatal classes
"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!" James & Nida, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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!" James & Nida, Bishopston antenatal classes
"The course is very useful and provides a depth of important information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and caring for the baby." Ffion & Edan, Bedminster antenatal classes
"The course is very useful and provides a depth of important information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and caring for the baby." Ffion & Edan, Bedminster antenatal classes
"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!" Jainika & Nimesh, Bradley Stoke antenatal classes
"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!" Jainika & Nimesh, Bradley Stoke antenatal …
"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!" Hannah & Jon, Downend antenatal classes
"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." Amy & Simon, Bishopston antenatal classes
"The course has been extremely helpful. We feel equipped with the practical knowledge we need to take the next step." Amy & Simon, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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." Will & Meg, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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." Will & Meg, …
"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!!!" Terri & Mark, Downend antenatal classes
"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!!!" Terri & Mark, Downend …
"Excellent course. Informative and interestingly presented and great chance to meet people." Irina & Lee, Bishopston antenatal classes
"Excellent course. Informative and interestingly presented and great chance to meet people." Irina & Lee, Bishopston antenatal classes
"An excellent course – really friendly and engaging course leader, and useful tips and tricks." Charlotte & Ed, Bishopston antenatal classes
"An excellent course – really friendly and engaging course leader, and useful tips and tricks." Charlotte & Ed, Bishopston antenatal classes
"Thanks Ellie – you were a great course leader and really knowledgeable."  Rosie & Ben, Bedminster antenatal classes
"Thanks Ellie – you were a great course leader and really knowledgeable."  Rosie & Ben, Bedminster antenatal classes
"Very useful info, we’re now feeling more prepared for having a baby. 5 Stars!" Kathryn & Adam, Bedminster antenatal classes
"Very useful info, we’re now feeling more prepared for having a baby. 5 Stars!" Kathryn & Adam, Bedminster antenatal classes
"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!" James & Jess, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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!" James & Jess, Bishopston antenatal …
"We have learned so much valuable information and it’s great to know it’s coming from an experienced professional." Georgia & Dave, Downend antenatal classes
"We have learned so much valuable information and it’s great to know it’s coming from an experienced professional." Georgia & Dave, Downend antenatal classes
"2 thumbs up." Claire & Joe, Bedminster antenatal classes
"2 thumbs up." Claire & Joe, Bedminster antenatal classes
"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!)" Alicia & Daniel, Downend antenatal classes
"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!)" Alicia & Daniel, …
"It’s a really informative course and Violet is a knowledgeable course leader. We feel a lot more confident in having a baby now." Tom & Silvia, Downend antenatal classes
"It’s a really informative course and Violet is a knowledgeable course leader. We feel a lot more confident in having a baby now." Tom & Silvia, Downend antenatal classes
"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." Felicity & John, Downend antenatal classes
"We really enjoyed the course and Violet was an excellent tutor! We feel much more prepared from the course." Felicity & John, Downend antenatal classes
"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." Laura & Adam, Bedminster antenatal classes
"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." Laura & Adam, Bedminster …
"We feel so much better prepared than when we started the course – hopefully we’ll now know what we’re doing!" Steve & Emily, Bishopston antenatal classes
"We feel so much better prepared than when we started the course – hopefully we’ll now know what we’re doing!" Steve & Emily, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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." Lynsey and Jon, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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." Lynsey …
"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." Amanda & Craig, Bradley Stoke antenatal classes
"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." Amanda …
"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." Allex & Tom, Bishopston antenatal classes
"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!" Hannah & Karl, Bradley Stoke antenatal classes
"We really enjoyed the course and found it really helpful. All the staff were brilliant!" Hannah & Karl, Bradley Stoke antenatal classes
"Really useful and informative, we feel (almost!) ready for our baby now." Doug & Kate, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"Really useful and informative, we feel (almost!) ready for our baby now." Doug & Kate, Westbury-on-Trym antenatal classes
"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." Katy & Guy, Bishopston antenatal classes
"Thoroughly enjoyed the course – thank you." Katy & Guy, Bishopston antenatal classes
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