Virtual Antenatal Classes

£100 (Pay deposit now of £20.00)

Virtual Antenatal Classes are the perfect solution for those wanting to access content at a time suited to them but also benefit from being in a supportive community context. You’ll receive access to all our course videos and extra materials along with scheduled group calls (select dates below) with other Expecting parents and your host midwife. Once you’ve booked, your host midwife will be in touch to arrange paying the balance for your course.

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Description

Our Virtual Antenatal Classes provide the same great group vibe of our local classes but are available worldwide via the magic of the internet. You’ll receive access to all course videos and materials as well as conference calls with your group of parents, with similar due dates, along with your host midwife; this is a great time to ask questions, share stories and create community. You’ll also be able to share the journey with your group and host midwife via a WhatsApp group throughout pregnancy and the early days of parenting.

Once all the group’s babies have arrived you’ll have a class reunion, either virtually or in person if preferred, and logistically practical.

Each session is informal & as interactive as you wish it to be. Please don’t be nervous. The video content and additional resources can be watched/accessed when convenient to you. You’ll then join the pre-scheduled conference video calls with your group and host midwife where you’ll receive advice tailored to your pregnancy as well as benefit from the questions asked by others and the camaraderie of being with others in the same boat.

Our virtual antenatal classes cover the core topics of: Labour & birth, Pain relief & coping methods, Feeding your baby, Life after birth.

Check our the reviews of our courses. Or our quick tips on YouTube.

Full range of topics covered:

  • pregnancy
  • signs of labour
  • the latent phase & advice
  • what determines the length of your labour
  • going to hospital /calling the midwife
  • first, second & third stages of labour
  • what the birth partner might see
  • water-birth
  • when things don’t go according to plan

 

  • attitude towards pain
  • role of the birth partner
  • coping methods for early labour
  • natural pain relief
  • medical pain relief

 

  • skin to skin
  • breastfeeding benefits to mums and babies
  • sterilising
  • bottle feeding
  • SIDS (cot death)
  • challenges of breastfeeding
  • anatomy & how it works
  • expressing
  • breastfeeding and partners

 

  • how life is about to change
  • first hour with your babies
  • visitors
  • practicalities
  • first days with your babies
  • why do babies cry?
  • nappy changing
  • bathing baby
  • dressing baby
  • car-seat safety
  • insight into parenthood

 

 

Additional information

Dates

13th, 14th, 15th Aug (Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 2pm), 15th, 16th, 17th Oct (Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 2pm), 2nd, 9th, 16th Dec (Thu 7pm)

Reviews

My husband and I attended expecting classes after finding them online and seeing the good reviews. We were not disappointed. We both felt they were very informative and helped us... read more

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Abbie L.

positive review The classes worked really well for us as we were both working full-time and they took place in the evening at a venue close to home. My husband and I... read more

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Michelle J.

Freya’s classes were informative, interactive and fun. My birthing experience was positive due to the preparation and knowledge gained in expecting. Thank you Freya.

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Fay H.

positive review My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Expecting experience! Freya is awesome - she’s so sincere, approachable, available and encouraging. Her knowledge, support and guidance has been totally... read more

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Kelly A.

positive review Fully recommend expecting classes with Freya she was an excellent facilitator and the content exceeded our expectations. 10/10.

You are made to feel at ease and encouraged to ask questions and...
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Joanne M.

We were recommended these classes by family. They were absolutely brilliant. The information provided was so relevant and helpful. Freya is lovely and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Sophie D.

positive review We are so grateful to Freya and Expecting. We had, had a rough time with midwives and we felt completely in the dark on what was going to happen. However... read more

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Rhian E.

Freya has so much knowledge and delivers it in a totally understandable way, answering any questions along the way. Each session was welcoming and comfortable for both mum and dad... read more

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SLogan F.

positive review I am so glad I found these classes as the information and advice from Freya has been invaluable! She put my mind at ease on a lot of fears and... read more

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MissyBee L.

Freya is lovely. The class is very informative without being overwhelming. I feel a lot more comfortable about becoming a parent after going to this class. She's also there to... read more

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Claire P.

I would recommend this course to new parents and exsisting parents who feel they need a refresher. My story that I’m an exsisting Mother of an amazing girl. I wanted... read more

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Evelyn H.

We attended the Expecting classes in Stafford and they were brilliant. I would definitely recommend these to any first time parent. The classes really helped me feel much more prepared... read more

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Heather J.

My wife and I did Freya's course over seven years ago now and I can't say how much we appreciated the knowledge we gained from the course. The amount of... read more

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Dave S.

My husband and I just attended the weekend course, as my colleague and midwife recommended Expecting. Not only is it a very informative course in a relaxed atmosphere, but it... read more

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Annisa B.

I would highly recommend!

My husband and I attended the antinatal class in February and it was extremely useful.
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FAQs

What’s the difference between the online course and the virtual classes?

- Both give you access to our full course to stream and watch/rewatch in the comfort of your own home for a month.

- The virtual classes include Zoom calls with others at a similar stage of pregnancy and gives an opportunity to get to know one another, hear their questions and benefit from the wisdom of your experienced midwife. A what’s app group is set up for the mums to be in the group for added support from each other & your Expecting midwife.

- The online course includes a video call with an experienced Expecting midwife to answer any questions you might have including those specifically about your pregnancy.

Can my (birth) partner join me?

- Yes! The course is designed for both of you and really helpful for (birth) partners.
We don’t get you to do anything embarrassing so you can tell them to relax!

- The cost is for both of you (one pregnant woman and one non pregnant birth partner).

Will I be asked to do anything embarrassing?

Absolutely not! There is nothing cringey about our classes! There’s no role play! There’s no expectation for you to join in discussions etc!

When can I sign up?

- Any time after your first scan.
- If you’ve left it really late you can still sign up for our online course & get instant access to our full course & even benefit from a video call with a midwife after baby has arrived.

How many weeks pregnant should I be when I attend the classes?

- Our hypnobirthing class; any time from knowing you’re pregnant!

- Our local classes/virtual classes; start them anytime from 27-34 weeks pregnant (as these usually last 4 weeks).

- Our online course; ideally anytime from 30-38 weeks pregnant as you get access for a month.

I’m/my (birth) partner is going to miss one of the classes - what do we do?

You/they can just catch up in your own time; you have access to the session and we can record the zoom call & send it to you - you won’t miss out!

I know I’m having a planned Caesarean section. Is Expecting still relevant for me?

- Yes! We cover what to expect when you’re booked in for a caesarean & the aftercare.

- Our feeding & early parenting sessions are still equally relevant.

- Our hypnobirthing class can help keep you calm during pregnancy & be used in theatre during your caesarean.

- Our classes are a great way to meet others at a similar life stage.

Does the feeding class cover breast and bottle feeding?

Yes indeed! We offer non biased information enabling you to make an informed decision & support you in your choices.

I’m a single mum, can I attend on my own/can I bring a friend?

Yes! We’ve had a number of single mums who have attended Expecting (alone or with a friend/family member) & always commented on how welcomed they felt. Expecting is a fantastic platform to gain support from one another regardless of circumstances.

I’m shy/introverted - will I be expected to talk or put on the spot?

No, you can join in discussion as much or little as you like, or not at all. At the beginning of each session we remind everyone of our name but whoever you brought along can introduce you if you’d prefer.

I’m really squeamish - am I likely to faint/vomit?

We don’t show live birth videos! Some people feel squeamish talking/hearing about birth but in our experience this factual exposure prepares them well for the actual event meaning they’re less likely to faint/vomit on the day!

Should I make notes?

- We provide accompanying handouts to the course so you shouldn’t need to but feel free to if that’s how you learn best.

- The videos prompt you to pause and write down questions. You can ask these questions during the Zoom classes and everyone can benefit from hearing the answers. Alternatively if you have personal questions you’d rather not share, you can private message your host midwife.

Are classes and courses still as relevant for same sex couples?

Absolutely! It’s important you’re both prepared regardless of gender/sexual orientation. We’ve had a number of single sex couples attend our classes.

Can I wear my pyjamas for the Virtual classes/hypnobirthing class?

Yes! That’s the beauty of Zoom! Be as comfortable as you like. We keep cameras off for those attending the hypnobirthing class so no one sees or hears you join in.

Can I still ask questions after the class/course?

Absolutely! Your Expecting host midwife is on hand to receive calls or text messages right up until your baby is 28 days old.

How does the reunion work?

- If logistically possible we try to meet up in person - but this may not be realistic or the group may prefer a virtual reunion.

- We usually arrange a date & time that everyone can make at least 4 weeks after the last due date of the group.

- We usually meet in a cafe/pub which has plenty of space for buggies & car seats.

- There’s no agenda, just a lovely opportunity to chat & meet each other’s babies!

- Our Zoom reunions work similarly but you can wear your pyjamas if you like!