All group NHS antenatal and hypnobirthing classes have been moved to online video platforms, to maintain social distancing during coronavirus.

Last updated: 31 Aug 21

Antenatal education and Q&A

We now offer online antenatal courses and Q&A sessions, which will run over a period of 4 weeks.

These sessions are led by midwives who can answer any questions, and are suitable if you are 28 weeks' pregnant. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other people having babies in your area. Each session will last approximately an hour.

Week 1: Labour Week 2: Birth Week 3: Pregnancy health Week 4: Your baby
Signs of labour Giving bith Making everyday tasks easier Feeding: breast or bottle
Birth environment Water birth Pelvic floor exercises Seeping and feeding patterns
Early labour and established labour Assisted birth Tip on exercise during and after pregnancy Responsive parenting
Coping with pain Caesarean birth Coping with a crying baby
Induction The placenta Bonding and attachment
The role of your birth partner Skin to skin and bonding with your baby Your emotional wellbeing
Information:

You are welcome to bring your birth partner to the majority of our online classes. We also have women only groups, in which we aim to create a safe space for women to come together in a closed environment. Find out more and book your online antenatal classes.

If you cannot find a course for your area, you're welcome to join any of the other courses. 

When our courses are fully booked they will no longer appear on the website, but check back regularly as more courses are added at the start of each month for the following month.

If you have any questions, please email us at ghn-tr.angroupsglos@nhs.net.

Hypnobirthing classes

Our popular midwife-led NHS hypnobirthing courses are now available virtually for you and your birth partner.

September 2021

  • Tuesday 7th
  • Tuesday 14th
  • Tuesday 21st
  • Tuesday 28th

From 6pm-8:30pm

October 2021

  • Tuesday 5th
  • Tuesday 12th
  • Tuesday 19th
  • Tuesday 26th

From 6pm-8:30pm

  • Saturday 2nd
  • Saturday 9th
  • Saturday 16th
  • Saturday 23rd

From 10am-12:30pm

November 2021

  • Tuesday 9th
  • Tuesday 16th
  • Tuesday 23rd
  • Tuesday 30th

From 6pm-8:30pm

  • Thursday 4th
  • Thursday 11th
  • Thursday 18th
  • Thursday 25th

From 6pm-8:30pm

Our hypnobirthing courses provide a combination of education, breathing and deep relaxation. They give you and your birth partner the tools and techniques you need to cope with labour and birth.

Hypnobirthing can help you work with your body, releasing the fears and worries of birth and replacing it with calmness and confidence. The courses are run by our midwives who are trained hypnobirth practitioners, and cover:

  • the process of labour and how to work with your body
  • the relationship between pain and labour
  • practice positions for birth
  • deep relaxation and breathing techniques
  • the impact of hormones on labour and birth
  • the importance of the birth environment and how to create a calm birth room

The online courses cost £125 per couple for 4 sessions, which includes:

  • 10 hours teaching for 6-8 couples or individuals
  • live instructions from our trained midwives
  • a book
  • a CD

You can attend from 28 weeks pregnant. Some concessionary prices are available, by contacting us at ghn-tr.hypnobirthingclassesgloucestershire@nhs.net.

Information:

You can book or find out more by emailing ghn-tr.hypnobirthingclassesgloucestershire@nhs.net

Maternity voices partnership hypnobirthing Q&A

Short information films

Information:

We've set up a playlist of short films providing you and your partner with some information on your pregnancy, birth and the early days with your baby.

View playlist here

Online resources and apps

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