COVID-19 UPDATE: Many groups and classes are suspended or have moved online, please check directly with individual providers for the latest updates. This section will be updated in due course as services return to normal, in the meantime there’s a handy summary here of Antenatal & Postnatal Support-2021.
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The Greenhouse, Amos Drive, Greencroft Industrial Park, Annfield Plain, Durham, DH9 7XN
Offering aromatherapy consultations, birth planning and a range of antenatal classes, including a 3 hour interactive Whistle Stop Class, Preparing your Pets for Baby, and a Sibling Antenatal Class for little ones including a goody bag and Certificate.
Whistle Stop Class: £25 per person/couple.
Preparing your Pets Class: £12.50 per couple.
Sibling Class: £15 per child (25% siblings discount).
Heaton Community Centre, Heaton
Trinity Centre, Gosforth
Sunderland & South Tyneside
Sunderland Friends Meeting House, Roker
Durham City Baptist Church, Gilesgate
The Signature Antenatal course consists of 14 hours over 2 weekend sessions, with a 2 hour reunion for participants and babies. Practical, hands-on and friendly course focusing on all aspects of labour and birth, including emotional wellbeing and the right choices for you.
QE Maternity, Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6SX
Tel: 0191 445 2763
Parentcraft (2 hrs)
Information regarding labour and delivery.
– 2nd Tuesday of the month at QE Maternity Unit.
– Last Friday of the month at Blaydon Childrens Centre.
New Beginnings (2hrs)
Information about caring for your newborn.
– Monthly sessions at QE Maternity Unit.
Tour of the unit (30 mins-1 hr)
Tour of pregnancy assessment unit, delivery suite and postnatal ward.
All sessions free of charge, couples welcome.
Recommended from 34 weeks of pregnancy.
Wednesdays 3pm – 3.45pm
All year round
Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420
For new and expectant parents. Share books and bonding with your bump or baby. Come along and meet other parents.
Tel: 0191 445 2763
Chowdene Childrens Centre: 1st Tuesday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm.
Blaydon Childrens Centre: 2nd Monday of the month, 10am-12pm.
QE Maternity Unit: 3rd Monday of the month, 2-4pm.
QE Maternity Unit: Last Tuesday of the month for couples, 2-4pm.
Providing knowledge and practical skills, giving support in making informed decisions on feeding your baby
All sessions free of charge.
Recommended from 34 weeks of pregnancy.
2nd Monday of each month, 6.30 – 8.30pm
From Mon 13th Jan 2020
The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Tel: 07533 887 500
An informal get-together for mums-to-be and birth partners or friends. Guests speakers talk about support available locally, and new mums are invited to chat to you about ‘the realities’ of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Refreshments available to purchase.
Free, register your interest in advance.
Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm
St Aidans Church Hall, Princes Rd, Brunton Park, Newcastle, NE3 5NF
Tel: 07795 438 135
A 6 week course covering many aspects of labour, birth and life with a new baby. The groups are small, friendly and informal with a focus on providing up to date, reliable and honest information and an invaluable support network for the early days of parenthood.
Tuesdays 6.30 – 8pm
Trinity Church Gosforth High Street, High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4AG
Tel: 07795 438 135
A 6 week course based on the ‘Active Antenatal’ method. Each session includes antenatal and active birth education, yoga based movement, breathing techniques, relaxation and birth hypnosis, and can help build a social network for support in the early days of parenthood.
Suitable from 16 weeks of pregnancy onwards.
Durham and surrounding area.
Tel: 07813 202 001
An NCT trained Doula and Antenatal Facilitator offering 1:1 bespoke antenatal classes, tailored to your needs and at a time and place to suit you. Also offering a Doula service, providing informative, compassionate care throughout your pregnancy and birth.
Doula, 1:1 Birth Preparation Coaching and Group Courses supporting pregnant women to feel clear, confident and unstoppable in planning a powerful birth on their own parameters. 1:1 coaching usually based in clients own home.
Group sessions from £50.
1:1 Coaching Programme from £600.
Beech Grove, Blackhall Mill, Gateshead
Tel: 07866 80 60 58
Mizan massage therapy uses traditional healing techniques to improve the health of the reproductive and digestive systems. Placenta Encapsulation pills can help to heal, sustain, and strengthen your body after birth. A holistic doula service is available.
Mizan Massage Therapy (3 hours): £95
Placenta Encapsulation: from £150
Doula Services: from £1350 (includes Mizan therapy, Hypnobirthing & Placenta Encapsulation)
Arch 22, Forth Goods Yard, off Forth Street, Newcastle, NE1 3PG
Tel: 0191 230 2273
Qualified breastfeeding peer support, sling consultants and your local reusable nappy librarian are on hand offering demos, advice and answering questions. Receive 10% off anything in store and an eco conscious gift bag, plus hot drinks and cake.
£5 per attendee, booking essential.
Cullercoats, North Tyneside
Tel: 07596 440 735
A 3 week hypnobirthing course covering a host of techniques to help have a calm, positive experience whatever way your birth happens, to equip you and your birth partner to know your options and confidently make choices. Private sessions are also available.
Couples group course from £197 per couple.
Private classes from £297.
Tel: 07940 298 172
Madeleine Findlay is an experienced midwife specialising in helping women and their partners to prepare for birth in the most positive way. Teaching techniques to make a difference to the birth experience. Group couples courses up to 10 hours are held in Monkseaton, or 1:1 bespoke courses can take place in your own home.
Group course from £150, 1:1 course £250.
Tel: 07904 643175
Offering bespoke 1:1 services, including hypnosis/therapy sessions for previous birth trauma resolution, hypnosis and NLP fear release sessions for the birthing mother and fertility support hypnosis. Courses are flexible and can be tailored to fit your needs and budget. Based in Chopwell or can deliver sessions in your home if preferred if within reasonable distance.
From £65 per session, from £325 per programme.
Concord House, Speculation Place, Washington, NE37 2AS
Tel: 07919 360 014
Providing information and support to new parents, with group sessions and 1:1 sessions in your home, including antenatal workshops, postnatal workshops, holistic sleep coaching and introducing solids. Also offering tongue tie treatment and breastfeeding help and support, including free drop-in weekly sessions in Birtley.
Introducing solids: from £20
Antenatal/postnatal/sleep coaching: from £40
Tongue tie treatment: from £175
Tel: 07704 569 289
Workshops on a range of topics delivered by experienced clinical psychologists, including: parents-to-be and parents with newborns, toddlers, primary school age and teens. Also individual psychology sessions for people who may prefer a bespoke service.
Workshops from £30.
1:1 sessions from £75.
Sun 24th Nov & 1st Dec, 10am – 12pm
Team Valley Retail World, Dukesway, Gateshead, NE11 0BD
Parent to Be events are held on selected weekends throughout the year. You can meet other new and expectant parents, with staff on hand to answer questions and give product demonstrations, and essential first aid advice from industry experts. Plus receive exclusive savings AND a free goody bag!
Free. Book online.
Monthly meeting, 2nd Tuesday of each month.
A group for those living in and around Newcastle who are interested in birth and in particular making birth a positive experience.
37 Mere Knolls Road, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 9LG
Tel: 0191 548 3388
Pregnancy massage using specifically tailored techniques with pillows for support, suitable from 14 weeks. Physiotherapy can help to ease common pregnancy related pains. A Mummy MOT is recommended from 6 weeks after delivery to assess posture, breathing, abdominal muscles and pelvic floor to prevent health complaints.
Massage: 30 mins: £25. 60 mins: £40.
Physiotherapy: Consultation: £45. Review: £33.
Mummy MOT: Assessment: £75. Review: £45.
Tesco Extra, Genesis Way, Consett, Durham, DH8 5XP
Support and social sessions are a chance for mammies, mammies to be and babies to be able to get together chat about what is on your mind, worries, little wins and experiences in a relaxed and friendly environment. Each session is facilitated by a registered Midwife.
£2 each to cover the cost of refreshments and resources.