At New Life Classes, we offer a range of different courses to suit individual needs. Our goal is to give you the tools, knowledge and support to approach birth and parenting with confidence.
We recognise there is no one-size-fits all approach to birth or parenting. Our courses explore different birth, feeding and parenting scenarios, so you can use the information and tools to make informed-choices that best suit your individual situation.
“I was very skeptical about doing a private antenatal course but doing the New Life course has been such a great experience for me and my partner and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It is full of useful, evidence-based information which is presented in a fun and non-judgmental way – I feel prepared for the end of my pregnancy/birth/having a baby without feeling pressured or scared.” Lizzie, Bishopston antenatal class
To help us develop a balanced antenatal class programme, we spoke with many 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 in the course. Our programme is updated regularly to keep up-to-date with current research, medical practice, as well as our customers’ feedback.
Our antenatal classes are offered in person and online.
Group antenatal classes
- Bedminster, Bristol
- Bishopston, Bristol
- Bradley Stoke, Bristol
- Downend, Bristol
- Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
Our midwives have supported more than 1,800 pregnant Mum’s and Dads, and we’d love to help you too!
Why choose our group classes?
- Comprehensive, evidence-based course taught by local midwives
- Very sociable and interactive, a great place to make new friends
- Access to our digital learning platform and additional resources
- Includes baby 1st aid
“Enrolling in this classes was the best decision my husband and I could have done. If you are pregnant and wondering if this is the right course for you, know I could not recommend it more! Not only did we learn all the essentials (and much much more), we also received genuine care from the entire team.The teachers are amazing and the materials relevant and up to date. They are tailored to every type of couple and birth plans. In addition, we were paired with other amazing couples, with whom we still maintain a warm relationship, sharing tips, worries and laughs almost on a daily basis.” Ana & Pedro, Bedminster antenatal classes
Digital antenatal classes
Don’t worry if you don’t live in Bristol or Bath, we have filmed our antenatal course, and it is also available online. It is an interactive course, with lots of opportunities for you to discuss your choices with your birth partner. Plus, you will receive a course handbook with tools and checklists to support your preparation.
There are three options to choose from:
- Entire course: Preparing for labour, birth and parenting (13.5 hours)
- Half course: Preparing for labour and birth (6 hours)
- Half course: Preparing for your baby’s arrival (7.5 hours)
Free antenatal course
During the first lockdown in March 2020, many NHS Trusts stopped running free antenatal classes. We didn’t want people to miss out on this vital resource, so we created a free, digital antenatal course. More than 2,000 people have already benefitted countrywide.
“Pleased I completed this course alongside my partner. Lots of classes are very expensive so this being free was perfect for our financial position. The course offered basic information on various subjects. The course is broke down into sections which was convenient for us as we could watch as much or as little as we wanted over various days. Would reccomend if you want basic info for free.” Paige, Free antenatal course
As well as our antenatal courses we offer a series of Wellbeing Toolkits to help expectant parents manage their physical and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and childbirth. Whether it’s your first or subsequent pregnancy, there is something for everyone. With a wide range of tools and relaxation practices, you can pick and choose what works for you.
If you have any questions about what we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to support you as you prepare for your baby’s arrival!