Iona Reading – CEO
Iona founded New Life Classes in 2016 and has supported more than 3,000 first time parents with midwife-led antenatal education UK-wide. Prior to setting up New Life, she studied Psychology (with a particular interest in mental health and child development) and worked in conference and event management. Her passion is providing people the knowledge, tools and professional support to start their new life as a parent with confidence.
Carley Oates – Midwife and antenatal course leader
Carley is a continuity team midwife in Bristol, this means she looks after women and their families during pregnancy, labour (at home, on the birth centre or obstetric unit) and the early postnatal period. As well as teaching for New Life, Carley has been integral to the development of our digital courses. Prior to becoming a midwife, Carley taught pregnancy and postnatal yoga for 15 years.
Abi Matthews – Midwife and antenatal course leader
Abi is a delivery suite (obstetric unit) midwife in a busy Bristol hospital, supporting women during labour who often have more complex medical needs. As well as teaching for New Life, Abi volunteers for a charity supporting refugee women during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period.
Cat Walker – Midwife and antenatal course leader
Cat is a midwife on delivery suite in a busy Bristol hospital. As well as teaching for New Life she joined one of our antenatal classes with her partner when they were expecting their first baby. She joins us with her new baby, Fin to demonstrate breastfeed positions, nappy changing and talk about her experiences breastfeeding a newborn.
“I love teaching the NLC as the classes have so much information and are really interactive. They really do prepare you for all of labour, birth and the postnatal period. Since taking the classes myself and having my own baby I can say hand on heart they helped my partner to be a better birth partner and to understand and prepare for birth and having a newborn.”