Going from strength to strength: our online antenatal courses

Our live, online antenatal courses are providing support and social connection to parents when they it most.

Now more than ever, we know just how important it is for parents-to-be to feel supported and connected to local parents. Since the launch last month, we’ve been running over 500 live, online antenatal courses each week.

“We still have the excellent support network that we signed up for.

And we’re so proud of the amazing feedback we’ve been getting from parents.

Claire and Rob, expectant parents from Huntingdon, told us: “We still have the excellent support network that we signed up for and look forward to keeping in contact with all the other couples we have met through our course.

Thank you NCT for making such a stressful time that bit easier, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.”

Increased demand for support

Coronavirus is understandably causing concern amongst many expectant and new parents and worries can often be heightened during pregnancy and in the early days with a newborn.

We’ve seen an increase in enquiries from parents who are concerned about a number of things including having to potentially give birth alone, the effects of the virus on babies and demands on healthcare services.

Read more about our live, online antenatal courses and please share with friends or family who might benefit from them.

We’ve set up a dedicated COVID-19 team so it can quickly adapt to changing guidance and respond appropriately to enquiries from parents.

Our Chief Executive, Angela McConville, said: “We want to support mums and dads-to-be at a very stressful time while taking onboard Government guidance about social distancing. So we’ve launched our antenatal classes in a digital format and will be providing online courses for the foreseeable future. Expectant parents need social connection now more than ever.”

Social connection not distance

“Our new courses are interactive, engaging and social and provide an essential lifeline in these worrying times. Our experienced course leaders continue to provide essential evidence-based information about pregnancy, birth and the early days with a newborn. They’re still local so also enable new mums and dads to build a community support network of other parents having a baby at the same time.”

We’re constantly updating our website to try to reassure, support and inform mums and dads-to-be and new parents at this difficult time.

And we’re focused on facts not fear, which includes articles on what pregnant women can do if they’re worried about the virus and how to manage at home with a new baby or young family.

We’ve compiled this FAQ so you have reliable information and support when you need it