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Antenatal Classes

Antenatal Class

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but can be full of unanswered questions as you plan for the birth of your baby. We aim to offer a wide choice of antenatal classes where couples can ask those questions, explore the options for birth and meet other expectant parents.

Antenatal classes accept a maximum of 8 couples (sometimes 6). This is to ensure you enjoy the experience and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Demand is high, so please ensure you book by 20 weeks of pregnancy. Please book your classes early. Your midwife can do this for you at your antenatal appointment.

What we offer;

We try to ensure classes are at times and locations accessible to you. All of our birth education is at weekends or evenings to ensure birth partners can make it.

Weekend labour workshops

The preparations for labour workshops are for one day only, 10am-4pm, totalling 6 hours of education. This workshop works well for those who would like to complete their learning in one day. However they are incredibly popular and demand is high. Please book early.

Content includes;

There will be a lunch break. Feel free to bring lunch, or visit the hospital restaurant. If you decide to book a hypnobirth course you will not need to book standard antenatal classes.

Waterbirth workshops

The workshop is interactive and a more in depth look at the benefits of water for labour and birth. The workshop lasts an hour and a half, evening or weekend sessions.

Twins and multiple birth Evening

This evening allows parents expecting more than one baby to meet other parents and share experiences. The session includes a tour of the neonatal Unit. This is not an antenatal class, but a chance to ask questions of a midwife and twin mum about twin birth and life with twins.

Please book a separate antenatal class.


Teenage parent Workshops

These sessions are held at central locations. Our specialist midwife Annie Parker is there to offer support and advice on planning your birth, feeding your baby and services you can access for further support.

Call Annie Parker to book 07508 042625

Preparing for baby workshop

Baby feet

This is offered by the Health Visitors. You can book this class by calling 01255 202714 Monday – Friday 9am-12pm.

This 2 hour session focuses on your early days with your new baby. Topics can be flexible to meet the needs of the group. They can include:

Feeding your baby

Postnatal timeline of events

Crying babies - coping strategies

Breast Feeding (for additional information see: The Essential Guide to Breast Feeding
and the Breast Feeding Support Facebook page

Relaxation for birth workshop

This is a two hour workshop which focuses on the mind/body connection.

This is an ideal refresher course for parents who have already experienced our classes. We use some hypnobirth techniques in this class.


If you are cared for by Clacton midwives please call to book 07900165820

If you are cared for by Harwich midwives please call to book 01255 201224