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 problem free, 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 courses and classes to be fully prepared and confident for your  birth and for life with your new baby. 


We are very pleased to announce that we have decided to combine our  iconic Active Birth and  Hypnobirthing Courses in 2019. This is because so many people opted to attend  both courses. We realised that we could, by adding one evening session, combine them.  The new course will be a whole weekend plus the following Thursday evening and is the most comprehensive birth preparation you will find, taught by the most experienced teachers.


Saturdays and Sundays are from 10.00 – 5.30, and the Thursday evening session is from 7.00 – 10.00.


Feb 16/17 and 21st

March 23/24 and 28th

April 27/28 and 2nd May

June 1/2 and 6th

July 20/21 and 25th

September 7/8 and 12th

November 2/3 and 7th

December  14/15 and 19th 

Antenatal Pregnancy Yoga

A great complement to our birth preparation courses, regular weekly participation in our yoga classes will give you the opportunity to deepen practice and prepare for birth while you stretch and relax your body.

Antenatal Classes

Pregnancy 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.

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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. 

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
Go to the relevant page or click on the calendar event to find the booking details

General Information
Tel: 020 7281 6760

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


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