We are now offering online antenatal courses for you and your birth partner.

Last updated: 07 Dec 21

Antenatal Groups

We are now offering online antenatal courses for you and your birth partner, which will run over a period of 4 weeks.

These sessions are led by midwives who facilitate conversations, lead discussions, and answer questions on various topics around your labour, birth, and life with your baby. Health Visitors join the 4th session on life with your baby. Please see below for more information. These groups are suitable from when you are approximately 28 weeks pregnant. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other people having babies at the same time as you. Each session will last approximately 1-1.5 hours.

To Book - please discuss with your midwife.

Week 1: Labour Week 2: Birth Week 3: Feeding Your Baby Week 4: Life with Your Baby
Signs of labour Looking after your body in pregnancy Pros and Cons of Breast and Bottle Feeding Responsive parenting
Birth environment Giving birth - water and land birth How to feed effectively Sleeping patterns
Early labour and established labour Assisted birth Signs of a well fed baby Safe sleeping
Coping with pain Caesarean birth Feeding patterns Coping with a crying baby
Induction The placenta Your emotional wellbeing
Where to have your baby Skin to skin and bonding with your baby

Hypnobirthing classes

Our popular midwife-led NHS hypnobirthing courses are available to book for 2022.

Hypnobirthing can help you work with your body, releasing the fears and worries of birth and replacing them with calmness and confidence.

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

Hypnobirthing is completely safe. You will always be aware of what is happening to you – it doesn’t mean you will be in a trance or asleep, but you will be totally relaxed and be fully in control.

Who Is It For? Anyone!

From those having their first baby to those who have previously experienced a difficult birth and/or caesarean birth. Hypnobirthing teaches gentle birth techniques that can benefit just about anyone who is planning to give birth in any environment and can be used for all types of birth.

The courses are run by NHS midwives who are trained hypnobirthing 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

Courses are for groups of 6-8 couples/individuals. The cost is £125, which includes:

  • 10 hours of interactive teaching from trained hypnobirthing NHS midwives
  • A book with all the course content, hypnobirthing scripts, and other tools
  • MP3 Downloads of music, relaxations, and hypnobirthing scripts.

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


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

Please also see the links to our Maternity Voices Partnership hypnobirthing Q&A and our Gloucestershire NHS Hypnobirthing leaflet.

The next available hypnobirthing course dates are as follows:

March 2022

  • Tuesday 1st March: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 8th March: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 15th March: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 22nd March: 6-8.30pm

April 2022

  • Tuesday 5th April: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 12th April: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 26th April: 6-8.30pm
  • Tuesday 3rd May: 6-8.30pm

All future classes are planned to be face-to-face, as long as a COVID risk assessment allows, at either Gloucester, Cheltenham or Stroud hospitals


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

Maternity voices partnership hypnobirthing Q&A

Short information films

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