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Birth and Beyond course

A holistic programme of antenatal education for expectant couples

This comprehensive, highly recommended course comprises of three midwifery-led antenatal classes covering pregnancy, labour and birth as well as parenting. It provides you with the information to enable you to:

  1. Prepare physically and emotionally in the run up to birth.
  2. Birth your baby with confidence and prepare you if nature needs assistance.
  3. Prepare as a couple for the joys and challenges of wise parenting, and “why love matters”.
  4. Create a support network of friends through postnatal reunion.

We also offer two free pregnancy yoga classes to expectant mothers'. Please see Yoga for pregnancy  page and email kmeller@nhs.net to book.

(Please note you can book your free infant feeding session here)

The programme of antenatal education at Kingston Hospital is taught by a team of experienced midwives at the trust: Christina Taylor, Esme Hassard, Hazel Soin-Stanley, Alison Barker and Caroline Wauters. 

The first two sessions focus on labour and birth and combine information on this as well as drawing on elements of yoga, such as breathing techniques useful for labour, to help couples maintain a sense of well-being and positive focus for this finely tuned and exciting challenge ahead.

The third session is dedicated to parenting. This is an interactive, evidence-based session that explores bonding and brain development as well as attachment theory. All the midwives who teach this session have undertaken specialist training and are fully qualified to lead the sessions.


This antenatal course comprises 3 midwifery-led classes for birthing couples taking place Wednesday evenings from 18.30-21.00, in the maternity wellbeing room.

The cost is £150 per couple (birthing couple) 

To make a booking enquiry please email khft.maternitywellbeing@nhs.net with the following information

  • Your name and your partners name
  • Your address 
  • Your mobile
  • Your expected Date of Delivery 

Please indicate which course you would prefer to attend (18.30 to 21.00)

  • January 8th and 15th
  • February 5th and 12th
  • March 4th and 11th
  • April 1st and 8th
  • May 6th abd 13th
  • June 3rd and 10th
  • July 1st and 8th
  • August 5th and 12th
  • September 2nd and 9th
  • October 7th and 14th
  • November 4th and 11th
  • December 2nd and 9th

Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you via email within 2 weeks  


PS: If you have some more time to browse, find below some useful references and further reading:

  • Yoga for pregnancy and birth, 2010, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
  • Mindful Birthing, Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond, 2012, Nancy Bardacke.
  • Mother’s Breath, 2006 Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
  • Childbirth without fear, 2013, Grantly Dick-Read.
  • Hypnobirthing: The breakthrough approach to a safer, easier, comfortable birthing, 2007, Marie Mongan.

www.mindfulbirthing.org here you can find the audio guided meditation used in the Mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting; a link to the Mindfulness for pregnancy App.



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