Antenatal Courses

The BabyCalm® antenatal workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce new parents to reasons that babies are commonly unsettled, including an explanation of baby colic and common reasons babies cry, helping them to understand their baby before they are even born! You will learn how to be a confident mum or dad able to welcome your baby into a world where they are calmer and more settled and be armed with many techniques to make your baby’s transition from womb to world as smooth and comfortable as possible, avoid colic and aid sleep for the whole family. You will learn how to calm a crying baby and soothe colic as well as the secrets of how to get more sleep at night and how to get your baby to nap easily during the day. Dads are actively encouraged to attend this workshop, we focus heavily on the importance of fathers and roles that dads may play to support the mother and bond with their baby.

This is a great class for both mums and dads.

“Just a quick note to say thanks so much for the BabyCalm workshop, we feel so much more prepared now. We even managed to calm my niece’s crying when she visited on Sunday, my family couldn’t believe it – they wanted to know where we had learnt all of the techniques! we can’t wait for our baby to arrive now, we feel sure she will be a happy and calm baby!” –  Becky and James (38wks pregnant).

This workshop is most suited to couples between 30weeks and 38weeks of pregnancy.

Cost £35 per couple


15 Dec 10am-1pm

17 Feb 10am-1pm

27 April 10am-1pm

These courses are ideal for those who have taken a birthing preparation course such as hypnobirthing and would still like to prepare for being parents and have an opportunity to meet others in the local area.


NCT Antenatal Courses

From where to give birth to knowing when your contractions are really getting underway and how you can help yourselves in labour through to understanding what life with a new baby might be like,  NCT antenatal classes are a great way to find answers to all your questions about labour and birth.

“I learnt so much and found the information both useful and interesting. I feel much more prepared for life with a new baby. I would definitely recommend it to other parents-to-be.” (Pregnant woman).

“I could not praise our course leader enough. She did not impress her individual opinion on anyone but gave a good breadth of opinions from academics, authors and from personal experience to allow us to make our own choices. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend that any parent to be should attend.” (Father to be)

These courses are managed and booked through the NCT in your local area.  Details of courses I am currently running with the NCT, and many more courses run by other NCT teachers in your local area can be found by clicking on this link


NCT Relax, Stretch and Breathe

The classes focus on gentle postures, breathing techniques, positions for labour and relaxations. The aim is for you to have an enjoyable and relaxing time, whilst improving your physical and emotional wellbeing and helping you feel more confident and positive about birth. The postures are very gentle, specifically designed so you can attend throughout your pregnancy (after 12 weeks) and can be adapted to individual needs.

The classes are suitable for all women, regardless of their fitness level. No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Benefits of these classes include:

  • Reduced back ache
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Strengthened joints and muscles
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Reduced swelling from fluid retention
  • Improved posture and body awareness
  • Strengthened abdominal and pelvic muscles
  • Improved digestive system

For those who are already mothers, the class will be a time when you can relax, concentrate on the new baby, and think about your wishes for this birth.

For 1st time mothers, there will be lots of practical tips, opportunity to meet others and ask questions. Some words may be unfamiliar, please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything you are unsure of, no matter how small it might seem.

Tuesdays 6.45-8.15pm, St Nicholas Church Hall Earley £7.50 per session.  Please contact me to check space availability.

Everyone is welcome to these NCT courses, you don’t have to be a member of the NCT. NCT would like to make sure every parent can benefit from their courses, so have lower prices for parents on lower incomes or in receipt of certain benefits. These concessions vary, from small discounts of 5% to a maximum reduction of 90% off the full course fee. Please ask about these discounts.