What’s included?

We offer the most comprehensive antenatal class programme and supporting materials in the UK. Within the price of your course, you will receive: 

  • 7 x 2-hour classes taught by a local midwife, covering pregnancy, birth and parenting
  • Optional baby 1st aid course for you and anyone involved in your baby’s care
  • 1 x 2-hour reunion when the babies arrive
  • A class WhatsApp group managed by your midwife to answer any questions from your first session up to the course reunion (approximately 8 weeks after the last baby is born)
  • Access to the Antenatal resources on our digital learning platform  
  • 10% discount in our online shop newlife.style

Antenatal course programme

When writing our antenatal course programme, we invited a broad range of midwives, doctors and private specialists to help us. Together we created a robust, evidence-based set of classes that take a practical look at best-practice information given by the Department of Health, NICE guidelines and the World Health Organisation. In addition, these maternity specialists were able to give practical information gathered from their many years experience supporting women and their partners through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood.

We also spoke to hundreds of parents about what they wish they had been told before their babies arrived (but never were) – and incorporated lots of their answers into our programme.

Session one: Understanding your third trimester (two hours)

  • Preparing your home life for the big day
  • Choosing the best place to have your baby
  • Communicating your birth preferences effectively via a birth plan
  • When to contact your health professional

Session two: Early labour and coping strategies (two hours)

  • Practical tips to help with a long latent phase
  • Managing your pain naturally or with medication
  • Top tips that will help you be a great birth partner

Session three: What to expect in established labour (two hours)

  • What to expect in each stage of labour: your body, your care and the birth partners role
  • The first few hours with your baby
  • Types of monitoring you may be offered during labour (for mum and baby)

Session four: Planning for the unexpected (two hours)

  • Understanding the induction process
  • Coping strategies for a caesarean or instrumental birth
  • Tips on having a positive birth experience even when things don’t go to plan
  • Birth debrief – the benefits of speaking to your labour team

Session five: Feeding your baby (two hours)

  • Top tips for breastfeeding
  • Managing common feeding problems effectively
  • Expressing and formula feeding safely
  • The role of your support network in a positive feeding experience

Session six: Life changes with a baby (two hours)

  • Preparing for the individual life changes
  • Relationship changes: partners, family and friends
  • Managing your mental health and wellbeing
  • Practical coping and communication strategies

Session seven: Caring for your newborn (two hours)

  • Nappy care and keeping your baby clean
  • Responding to the needs of your newborn
  • Why babies cry, and how to cope
  • Signs of a healthy baby, safe sleep and SIDS prevention

Optional Session: Baby first aid (two hours)

Whilst we hope you never need to use these skills, this baby first aid course will give you the knowledge and confidence to give a baby or young child first aid in a number of different scenarios. We welcome parents, grandparents and anyone involved in childcare. The class costs £20 per person and will cover:

  • Accident prevention
  • Choking and gagging – common causes and how to respond
  • What to do when your baby is unresponsive
  • CPR for a baby and a child
  • Falls, including head injuries, broken bones and bleeding
  • Burns
  • Poisoning – including common household products
  • Fever and febrile seizures
  • Meningitis awareness

Class reunion – Social with the babies  (two hours)

  • Catch up in a local pub, park or coffee shop
  • Meet the babies!
  • Hear your birth stories (if you want to share them with us)
  • Any questions answered…

Additional support

We believe you and your birth partner should have access to midwife-led care, to support you through the latter stages of your pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenting. That is why all our course leaders are registered midwives who work locally. Click here to meet our midwives. 

Your course leader will set up and manage a private WhatsApp group for you and the other mums and dads in your antenatal class. They will be available to answer any questions you might have – and refer you to other specialists, if need be – for the duration of your time with us. You will be able to contact them via the WhatsApp group, or privately by email – whichever suits your needs from session one up to the reunion!

Digital learning platform

We pack a lot into our classes – but there is still so much to learn about birth and becoming a parent. Finding good quality information online can be a bit of a minefield, so we have created a digital learning platform to help!

The platform mirrors your group classes, each session has content relevant to what was taught that week.  Content includes:

  • Teaching videos – full course broken down into bite-size videos, in case you can’t make a session or simply want to revisit any of the content 
  • Course handbook and lesson downloads
  • Checklists and templates for pregnancy, labour and parenting topics
  • Articles and bonus videos on topics covered in class
  • Links to useful organisations for additional support, where appropriate