Antenatal Classes

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal Classes at The Active Birth Centre

Your body instinctively knows how to give birth and your baby knows how to be born.

Usually, when a woman is undisturbed relaxed in a peaceful and private environment, birth progresses well, without complications. Our antenatal classes offer the best resources available to increase the possibility of a problemfree, natural birth.

We also know that on occasions mum or baby may need a helping hand. So we offer a broad range of information about the physiology of labour and birth, insights into common medical interventions and how best to use them, practice with labour and birthing positions, breathing and self-hypnosis.

Choose from these inspirational antenatal classes, courses and workshops for you and your partner:

Birth Preparation


We are very pleased to announce that we have decided to combine our  iconic Active Birth Course with Hypnobirthing in 2019. This is because so many people wanted to do both courses and there is some overlap. The new course will be a whole weekend plus the following Thursday evening and is going to be the most comprehensive birth preparation you will find.  Details will be up soon but here are the dates.

You can register your interest meanwhile to and we will give you priority booking.

The weekends are from 10.00 – 5.30 on both days, and the Thursday evening session from 7.00 – 10.00.

Feb 16/17 and 21

March 23/24 and 28

April 27/28 and 2 May

June 1/2 and 6

July 20/21 and 25

September 7/8 and 12

November 2/3 and 7

December  14/15 and 19 

In 2018

Complete Active Birth Weekend Course 

Antenatal ClassesThis two-day antenatal course with Janet Balaskas and Jill Benjoya Miller will give you and your partner the fullest preparation for birth. Learn birth physiology experientially, practicing labour and birth positions, relaxation and massage techniques that will prepare you for a natural birth. Receive expert insights about common medical interventions, and when to use them. More Information.

HypnoBirthing with Janet Balaskas

Antenatal ClassesThrough breathing exercises and self-hypnosis, this WiseHippo certified course uses the power of the mind to reverse fears and negative expectations about birth. Develop inner calm and confidence, and learn techniques you can use in labour and throughout pregnancy. More Information.

Antenatal Pregnancy Yoga

Antenatal ClassesPregnancy Yoga was invented at The Active Birth Centre. We offer regular Yoga classes for mums-to-be and their partners. This system of Yoga practice was pioneered by Janet Balaskas as a ‘body centred’ way to prepare for  childbirth. Teach your body techniques it can draw upon effortlessly and instinctively in labour; learn about birth, and become stronger, more flexible and more relaxed; prepare your mind, and develop inner calm and confidence. More Information. 

Newborn Care

BabyCalm™ Antenatal Workshop

Antenatal Newborn ParentingLynn Murphy introduces parents-to-be to a new baby’s natural behaviour in the weeks and months after birth. Why do babies seem fussy? Why do babies cry? And why do they sleep for short periods? Learn how to calm a crying baby; discover more about ‘colic’ and how to relieve it; maximise the sleep your baby – and you – will get; learn how to swaddle and if it is for you; learn how to carry your baby in a sling or carrier; and learn which baby products are worth buying. More Information. 

Breastfeeding & Newborn Baby Care 

BreastfeedingMany of the most common problems mums experience with breastfeeding can be avoided with the information you will get in this workshop with Janet Balaskas. Learn to breastfeed ‘laid-back’. These new techniques, overturning old advice to sit upright, will show you how to encourage your baby’s reflex instincts to ‘self-attach’, and breastfeed comfortably. More Information.

Baby Resuscitation & First Aid 

Photo: Lisa Rosario

With Bernadette Rae, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and St. John’s Ambulance qualified First Aider. This essential workshop in First Aid for babies will ensure that you know how to resuscitate a baby or young child in the event of an emergency. It is very rare for babies to need emergency first aid yet, when a child chokes or has trouble breathing, effective resuscitation can save a life and prevent brain damage. More Information. 

Be Empowered in Your Choices:

Whether you want to give birth in a birthing centre, a hospital or at home; in water, on a bed, or on a birthing mat; our antenatal classes will help you to make the choice that’s best for you, and give you all the preparation you need.


Find Us

Active Birth Centre
25 Bickerton Road, (Left Gate)
N19 5JT
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Booking details vary
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General Information
Tel: 020 7281 6760

Regional teachers lists:
Pregnancy Yoga
Janet Balaskas Active Birth Workshop©



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