Antenatal Classes

What is an antenatal class?

Antenatal classes will help you and your birth partner to prepare for labour, giving birth and the early days of being a parent.  You don't have to attend a class but research shows that women who have some form of antenatal education generally cope with their labour better than those who haven't.

Classes are traditionally provided by the NHS or by independent midwives and other private providers.

All classes differ slightly in what they teach depending on who is offering them but most will cover the following:

  • What to expect in labour and childbirth
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Pain relief options
  • Breastfeeding
  • How to care for your baby in the early days