Louise's Antenatal Classes
Whether you’re expecting your first (or 2nd, 3rd or 4th) baby, antenatal classes are a really important part of the preparation for parenthood. Whilst group antenatal classes (including those run by the NCT and local hospitals) are ideal for some, other couples prefer private classes at home.
I offer these private classes to couples in St Albans, Hertfordshire, North London and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re the sort of people who don’t feel comfortable in groups, work unconventional hours or just want 1:1 care, my classes are for you.
My aim is for women to feel empowered and confident in their body’s ability throughout the stages of labour and birth. It is also important to me that your birth partner is included in all steps of your journey. I ensure that they understand how to best support you and help you make decisions as labour progresses.
There are no guarantees for the birth you may plan, as there are so many variables that can occur during labour. If you fully understand the process of birth and the reasons why things can drift away from your original plans, then you and your birth partner/s can cope and adapt with these changes. These coping strategies can also be used when your baby is born and the real challenges start!!
I also cover what happens after your baby has been born, both just after delivery and in following weeks; this includes breastfeeding.
All my courses are based around current NHS guidance and over 20 years experience as a midwife in NHS hospitals. I aim to make them relaxed, enjoyable and informative. All my classes come with unlimited follow-up support after your class(es) for any queries or questions that you may have.
The classes can also be held online, via Zoom (similar to Skype) – please get in touch if you would like more information on this.
I offer two types of classes plus private antental care and birth plan chats. These can be combined into a comprehensive care package.
If you’d like to book your class or discuss a particular aspect of what I offer or your situation
Wow! Just had our bespoke ante natal class in the comfort of our own home. We now feel totally ready for all the possible scenarios of birth and reassured that it will be fine. Thanks Louise. Xx.
Louise came to our home for the Antental course being expectant first time parents. It was relaxing, informal yet informative and covered everything we needed to know and more. She was open to all sorts of weird and wonderful questions and made us feel so comfortable and most importantly prepared as we can be!
Such a lovely lady and a wealth of knowledge as a midwife, we couldn’t recommend her enough! Thank you so much Louise x
Louise came to our house for an Antenatal Class. She was absolutely fantastic and we finished the afternoon feeling so much more informed and relaxed about everything. She covered everything we needed to know and answered all the questions we had as first time parents to be!
Knowing that she is there for support in the run up to birth and after completely puts my mind at rest and i would highly recommend her services to anyone!! Thank you again.
Having done NCT classes and really enjoyed them, my partner and I felt we still had questions and anxieties that we wanted to address before our baby’s arrival. Louise was recommended to me by a friend and I can honestly say the three hours she spent with us were the most useful time we spent since the pregnancy. Louise taught us so many useful things about labour and being induced which we had not previously known and we both feel so much more confident going into the whole process with much greater understanding and awareness than we had before. We had endless questions about pain relief and breastfeeding and it was great to feel like we could ask her anything and not feel like we were wasting other people’s time, as you would in a group setting.
My partner and I feel much more ready to deal with whatever crops up in the next few days, weeks and months and so nice to know Louise is there to support us should we need her again.
I can not recommend Louise’s classes enough and we have been telling everybody about them.
Me and my husband are first time parents and all the things regarding having a baby are naturally very new to us. Louise has explained everything to us in her private classes and we found it so helpful, clear and very informative! I now feel much calmer and more confident about the labour and postnatal care.
Me and James would like to say a very big thank you for all your advice and support you’ve given us through the latter part of this pregnancy. The antenatal meeting at our home made my partner feel at ease for asking questions he probably wouldn’t of in front of lots of people. I wasn’t feeling well so it also helped as I was able to relax more.
We felt much more confident about how the labour could go and our options. You brought great resources to help us understand everything we were taught from stages of labour, pain relief and helpful lists of what to take to the hospital. You since have always been there if I’ve ever needed advice and everytime you’ve been right on conditions that have arisen and have in a calm and encouraging way pointed me in the right direction when my own midwife hasn’t been about to do so.
It’s been really reassuring having someone with experience and their heart in the right place through this new journey we’ve been through.
You obviously love what you do and the maternal side you have shines through when it comes to caring for others babies.
This week I find out when I will be induced due to late gestational diabetes.
Thank you for all your concern and being there even after the home class.
The gentle teaching and pack you brought and went through has information we can look back on now. We never received anything like this from our own antenatal provider so it’s been really really helpful.
Thank you for going above and beyond.
Jemma, James and little man are very grateful and we won’t forget.
Louise is super friendly and approachable and we are so glad we chose her over a group class. The main benefit of choosing Louise over a group class is that it was catered to us. We spent longer on the areas we felt we wanted to know more about and it allowed us to ask all the questions we wanted without feeling silly. Louise was also very flexible in how she delivered the class which meant it worked around us. Louise made everything really clear and simple to understand and made us feel so much more at ease with what was to come. She also continued to answer any questions we had months later and always replied quickly. I would highly recommend Louise to anyone who is looking to take antenatal classes.
We wanted to say a huge thanks for today. You were fantastic and so helpful. We really enjoyed the session and feel a lot more confident and relaxed about the labour. Will highly recommend you to our friends
If you are looking for some independent antenatal advice definitely try Louise’s Antenatal Classes. Louise is a good friend of mine, she’s based in St Albans and seven years ago we invested in her classes instead of pursuing NCT. It was a personal preference and the knowledge and advice we received was brilliant. 3 children later and I think it’s about time I returned the favour for all the help she has given us!
Louise was able to make a nervous first time mum feel a bit less nervous! She was open and honest about what to expect and able to answer all of our questions. I’d happily recommend Louise as she was calm, very knowledgeable and reassuring