Antenatal classes available in Newcastle upon Tyne

Are you looking for antenatal classes in Newcastle upon Tyne?

Tiny Flutters and Kicks provide classes including the very best of antenatal education with added hypnobirthing elements, as well as postnatal segments covering feeding your baby and the early days of parenthood. Our aim is to help you feel calm, confident and comfortable about labour, birth and baby.

We have both online and face to face classes available. Choose a shorter class that fits your busy lifestyle or enjoy the camaraderie of the longer courses which run over several weeks.

The classes are designed to be fun and informative, with plenty of opportunity to get to know your fellow course participants in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Together with a private Whatsapp group and a post-birth group reunion for the full length course, you will find lifelong friends to share your journey with. You will also be able to ask questions as the course progresses.

Couples sit in a circle at an antenatal class
Couples at an antenatal class

Why Choose Our Antenatal Classes?

Interactive approach.

These classes give you an opportunity to chat to a real midwife and other families. No pre-recorded videos means you can ask the questions that matter to you! Similarly, connecting with others while learning also makes this a very rewarding experience.

Class sizes are small.

With no more than 8 couples per class you will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions as the class proceeds.

The full length course includes Hypnobirthing techniques!

We think everyone should have the tools and skills hypnobirthing offers. That’s why we include hypnobirthing teaching within the full length antenatal classes. You also get 3 birth relaxation and preparation audio tracks free to download.

Up to date and evidence based.

We check all information provided against national recommendations and professional guidance such as that from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

What is Included in Our Classes?

Because each class is interactive and based on the needs and questions of the people present, we can’t give you an exact timetable. However, here is a list of the topics that will be covered during the full length 8 hour class.

  • Preparing for birth in the last weeks of pregnancy
  • The phases and stages of labour and birth
  • When to call the hospital and what to expect when you arrive
  • Induction of labour
  • When complications arise
  • Assisted and caesarean births
  • Mental preparation for birth
  • The important role of the birthing partner
  • The science behind hypnobirthing
  • Practical hypnobirthing techniques (includes 3 hypnobirthing tracks to download and keep)
  • Drug-free pain relief
  • Medicated pain relief options
  • Learning your baby’s cues
  • Skin to skin benefits
  • Bottle feeding
  • Sterilising
  • Breastfeeding
  • Early feeding challenges and how to prepare for them
  • Sleeping and feeding patterns
  • Sleep safety
  • Recovering from birth
  • The first few hours with baby
  • Getting baby dressed
  • Cleaning and bathing baby
  • Cord care
  • Jaundice
  • Visitors and practicalities
  • Going out with baby

What does it cost?

The cost of the course depends on the length and delivery style. Our online courses start at £35, while our full length face to face class which includes hypnobirthing techniques is £120. Face to face classes include a non-refundable £10 deposit.

Upcoming class dates:

Face to Face Full Length classes:

Tiny Flutters and Kicks classes run weekly for 4 weeks on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.

January 2022 class: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th January 2022.

February 2022 class: 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February 2022.

Shorter online classes:

Online classes are held via Zoom. We have several classes available and you can mix and match to make a personalised course just for you! Each class costs £35 and lasts 2 hours.

Labour essentials: This course covers the phases and stages of labour, pain relief and coping strategies, induction, and labour complications. Next class dates: Tuesday 11th January, 7-9pm; Saturday 15th January, 10am-12noon.

Baby feeding essentials: This course covers topics around feeding your baby and includes information on skin to skin benefits, bottle feeding, breastfeeding, feeding cues, and feeding and sleeping patterns. Next class dates: Tuesday 18th January, 7-9pm; Saturday 22nd January, 10am-12noon.

Postnatal care essentials: This course covers aspects of recovery after birth as well as adjusting to a new baby. It also covers skills such as bathing, cleaning and communicating with your baby. Next class dates: Tuesday 25th January, 7-9pm; Saturday 29th January, 10am-12noon.

Combine all the essentials!

If you want to combine all 3 essentials classes in one online class, you can book for the full online essentials course. This class runs for 6 hours on a Saturday and costs £90. This means that you get a discount compared to buying each essentials course separately. Next class date: 5th February 2022

To find out more and book a course, please contact us on our contact page or email direct: bookings@tinyfluttersandkicks.co.uk

What previous attendees say about the classes

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Fun, friendly and informative

Rated 5 out of 5
31 August, 2021

As first time parents we were unsure what to expect during and after the birth of our daughter, and knew very little about the options available to us. Kathryn is incredibly knowledgeable and was very quickly able to dispel any fears or misconceptions that we had about labour and delivery, and helped us to make more informed decisions about our birth plan. The classes were highly informative but also fun and informal – much more interactive and engaging than the “powerpoint” style teaching we had experienced in other antenatal classes.
We finished the course feeling excited and confident about the birth – a great start to our parenting journey.
Thank you Kathryn!

Rebecca Swan

Our experience with hypnobirthing.

Rated 5 out of 5
20 August, 2021

We had our classes on hypnobirth given by Kathryn and it was really helpful to us. With CoVID lockdowns in place we were not getting any pre birth classes as before and we were in need of a refresher course in birthing itself and how CoVID protocols have affected it all. Kathryn was very helpful in answering all our question with excellent demonstration tools. Her hypnobirthing classes trained us to breath effectively and pull back into our happy place, to deal more effectively with the pain during birthing process. We could really see the difference between the birth of our first daughter and second son.
Thanks Kathryn for all your help and efforts.

Gloria and Cecil Cherian

My antenatal class experience

Rated 5 out of 5
16 August, 2021

My husband and I really needed this course as it had been over 5 years since we were going through pregnancy again and all that comes with it. The course leader, Kathryn, is so wonderfully knowledgable and we learnt things we didn’t know before. We felt very relaxed and everything was explained in a fun and understandable way!
Having the course participant number small allowed us to have the freedom to ask more questions (and get them answered) and it gave us a much more personal connection with Kathryn. We felt very well looked after and learnt so much. Because of her knowledge and positivity, I was able to feel confident in choosing to have my breeched baby delivered naturally.
Thank you Kathryn for all you shared and helped us through!

Jessica Cunningham

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