Pregnancy & Beyond

Antenatal Classes & Services

COVID-19 UPDATE: 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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Antenatal Classes (Tiny Toes, Bumps and Babies)

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).

Antenatal Courses (NCT)

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.

From £184

Antenatal Sessions (QE Gateshead)

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.


Breastfeeding Antenatal Workshop (QE Gateshead)

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.

Couples Antenatal Courses (Bump, Baby and Beyond)

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.

Daisy Birthing (Bump, Baby and Beyond)

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.

Doula and Antenatal Facilitator (Rebecca Egan)

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 & Birth Coaching (Birth Rising)


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.

Doula & Mizan Therapy (The Red Shed)

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)

Expectant Parents Events (Parenting North East CIC)

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.

Hypnobirthing (North East Hypnobirthing)

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.

Hypnobirthing (Wise Old Owl Hypnobirthing)

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.

Hypnotherapy & Birth Preparation (Ruth Olayinka)

Chopwell, Gateshead
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.

Parenting Support (Milk & Mums)

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

Parenting Workshops & Psychology Sessions (The Kind Mind)

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.

Parents To Be Events (Mamas&Papas)

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.

Positive Birth Movement (Newcastle upon Tyne)

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.


Pregnancy Massage, Physiotherapy & MOT (Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic)

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.

Pregnancy/Parent Support & Social (Tiny Toes, Bumps and Babies)

Tuesdays 1.30pm

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.