The Mindful Birth Course

Our unique course supports you throughout your pregnancy and all the way through the first year of your baby’s life.

What’s included?

Everything you need to feel supported during your pregnancy, prepare for birth and postnatal recovery. We are here for you every step of the way.

The Live Course

At the heart of our support is the award-winning Mindful Birth antenatal, hypnobirthing and postnatal course which includes mindfulness and hypnobirthing tools.

Taught by passionate and professional Mindful Birth trained teachers, you can choose to take your course privately or in a group (to meet others), either in-person or on Zoom.

What does the course cover?

What to expect

Your Options

If you have a vaginal birth preference:

  • What can happen before, during and after labour and what your care options are.
  • The stage of labour and how to support them
  • Birth place options
  • Comfort measures and pain relief options
  • Writing your birth preferences & choices

If you have a caesarean birth preference:

  • Preparing for an abdominal birth with your care team
  • The day you meet your baby, what to expect and how you can adapt certain elements to feel more connected to the birth
  • Postnatal recovery options and important aspects to know
  • Writing your birth preferences & choices

Your Body

  • How to support the stages of labour (vaginal birthers) and the hormones of parenthood (all births).
  • How to create the optimal pregnancy, birth and postnatal environment however or wherever you meet baby.

Your Mind

We take a mindfulness-based approach to hypnobirthing to ensure the tools apply to all birth scenarios, especially when so much is unknown. These tools will support you to feel relaxed and connected throughout your pregnancy and birth, however birth happens. They are also completely relevant for life, not just birthing!

  • Breathing techniques
  • Visualisation techniques
  • Positive affirmations
  • Relaxation audios
  • Understanding the mind-body connection

Postnatal Recovery

We know that this is the part that a lot of parents don’t prepare for. It’s normal to think about the baby, and how to care for them. But what about you and your recovery? We educate you on what to expect in the hours, days, weeks and months post-birth and how to prepare for this incredibly important time. How you recover from birth really can pave the way for how you experience the early years as a new parent, and sometimes the rest of your life if it is a particularly difficult time. Read more about this part of our support here.

 

Caring for baby

As part of your course, you will be given access to the online Parent Hub which hosts a whole library of evidence-based, supportive information to prepare you for meeting your baby. We purposefully set this part of the course up as on-demand videos and text so that you can refer back to it even when baby is born. We also like to keep it up-to-date as new study findings are released, and new resources become available.

You’ll also receive:

Ongoing support through the Parent Hub

We know from studies that a lack of support throughout pregnancy and the postnatal recovery period can raise the chances of developing perinatal and postnatal anxiety and depression.

We have designed the online hub to ensure that you are supported every step of the way. Through our live and on-demand support, you will be able to mentally and physically care for yourself, talk to people on similar paths and ask experts questions whenever you need to. This doesn’t stop once baby is born, we are here for you throughout the first year of your baby’s life, which is when new parents report feeling the most vulnerable  and unsure.

As soon as you book your course with us, you gain immediate access to the Parent Hub which includes:

What does this incredible support cost?

If purchased separately, the course + pregnancy + postnatal benefits could easily add up to a cost of around £1000*. But we have made this vital support affordable and accessible:

 

Group courses

Duration: 9.5 hours of live learning

In-person courses: £384 / Zoom courses:  £330

 

Private courses

Duration: 7.5 hours of live learning

In-person courses: From £425 / Zoom courses: From £380

The earlier a parent signs up (from 12 weeks is recommended) the sooner they can make use of the support. However, we have many parents joining us from 30 weeks onwards, as there is so much to gain for those later weeks of pregnancy and postnatally too!

*Please see FAQ’s at the bottom of the page for a full breakdown of this estimated cost.

Parents rate us

Course Provider Comparison:

This comparison table shows details of the birth preparation course, pregnancy support, postnatal support and baby care education that each course provider offers in order to help you to understand what’s available from each, and to find the best course for your needs:

 

The Course

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Birth preparation course Yes Yes Yes
Planned caesarean birth course option Yes No No
Dedicated postnatal recovery course Yes No No
Hypnobirthing Yes No Yes
Hard copy workbook Yes Yes No
Affirmation card pack Yes No No
1:1 WhatsApp Support Yes No No
Group size <8 >8 >8
In-person option Yes Yes Yes
Zoom option Yes No No
Private option Yes No No
Payment plans available Yes Yes No
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Teacher Training

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Cultural Awareness Yes No No
Pregnancy after baby loss Yes No No
Birth Rights Yes No No
LGBTQ+ Yes No No
Trans parents Yes No No
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Pregnancy Support

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Live pregnancy yoga Yes No No
Live relaxation sessions Yes No No
Ask the midwife chat group Yes No No
Online moderated community Yes No No
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Postnatal Support

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Live postnatal doula support Yes No No
Parent & baby yoga Yes No No
Online moderated community Yes No No
Postnatal planner Yes No No
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Baby Care Education

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Baby feeding by IBCLC Yes No No
Baby sleep by IACSC Yes No No
Slings & carriers Yes No No
Baby first aid Yes No Yes
Parent mental health Yes No No
Introducing to siblings Yes No No
Weaning Yes No No
Choosing childcare Yes No No
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Pricing

TMBG

NCT

Bump & Baby

Based on group courses in city areas: £330 Zoom option. £384 in-person option.  Includes the full course support package £369 £260
Payment plans available Yes Yes No
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Hear all about the course from our founder:

FAQs

I'm thinking about taking a hypnobirthing course and booking NCT, do I need to this as well?

We are very proud to say that our course really is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your preparation and support needs. So many of our past clients have said they wished they had just signed up to a Mindful Birth course, as they learned everything and more with us vs. taking multiple courses. We include the evidence-based education and invaluable relaxation techniques, which can be applied to all birth scenarios. That really is the beauty of mindfulness. If you take a group course, you will also meet others due at a similar time to you, and don’t forget our online, moderated community too!

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, we have partnered with Klarna for a ‘buy now, pay later’ option or Clear Pay for a ‘pay in 4 instalments’ option. You then have the flexibility to pay the instalments off earlier, if you would like to.

You can also pay in one payment too.

I'm 30+ weeks already, is there any point in joining?

Yes, absolutely! You would still have a number of weekly pregnancy yoga sessions to make the most of, which are so great for those final weeks to stretch and release tension in the body. You would also have access to the monthly relaxation session too… again SO good for those final weeks!

Don’t forget that the online communities are tailored to different paths to parenthood and pregnancy situations too- so having access to those to meet people and ask questions will be invaluable at any stage of your pregnancy too.

For after the birth, there are SO many benefits! Including:

  • Educational baby care videos including breast and bottle feeding, baby sleep, baby carriers, day to day baby care (think nappies, dressing them and practical things to consider!), choosing childcare and finally, weaning.
  • 1 hour postnatal doula session on Zoom, taken in the 4th trimester
  • Weekly LIVE Parent & Baby yoga sessions on Zoom
  • Moderated & safe online community. Chat about general pregnancy, birth or postnatal related topics or join spaces that connect you with parents on a similar path to you.

So yes, even if you are squeezing your course in at 34 weeks…. you will still have SO much to gain from joining The Mindful Birth Group.

How do you estimate the package to be worth around £1000?

The breakdown of the estimated £1000 (approx) value of the course is based on someone signing up at 16 weeks of pregnancy and attending an in-person group course:

  • Mindful Birth Course- £384
  • 24 pregnancy yoga sessions- £192 (£8 per session)
  • 10 parent and baby sessions – £80 (£8 per session)
  • 6 pregnancy relaxation sessions £42 (£7 per session)
  • 1 hours postnatal doula session- £25
  • Educational video content, moderated online community membership + ask the midwife online group as a membership fee-  £240 (approx £20 per month for 12 months)
What if I need to change course dates? It's a long way away!

It’s absolutely fine to change course dates or venue (if you are moving house, for example). We just ask for as much notice as possible, with a minimum of 4 weeks notice ahead of the course starting so we can offer the space to another parent. If you need to cancel your place within the 2 weeks of the course starting,  we may have to charge £200 IF we cannot fill the space and you would like to take the course at another time/location. This is to ensure our teachers are not out of pocket with last minute cancellations. We do always take every situation in account though, so please get in touch with your teacher as soon as you know there is a problem with making your course dates.

If your 1st choice of course format is not available in your new location / new date preference, we will always offer you a suitable Zoom course option.

What topics are covered in the baby-care learning videos?

We’ve included the topics that we know parents find really helpful to have a heads up on ahead of the birth, and then return back to once baby is born too:

  • Baby feeding, with Kathryn Stagg IBCLC
  • Baby Sleep, with Lucy Smith from Days and Dreams Sleep Consultancy
  • Baby wearing
  • Baby First Aid with Daisy First Aid
  • Baby changing and practical things to think about for bringing baby home, with Mindful Birth doulas
  • Introducing siblings
  • Introducing your baby to pets
  • Choosing childcare
  • Weaning

 

What if something happens to my baby?

This is not something that anyone wants to think about, but we do because it is our duty to look after expectant parents, whatever happens. We will always offer a full refund and support anyone who tragically experiences a loss. We partner with Teddy’s Wish and Bereavement Training International to ensure all Mindful Birth teachers are knowledge about baby loss and supporting families.

What is the cancellation policy?

Refund Policy:
Up to 6 weeks before the course start date: 75% or the course amount is refundable up until 6 weeks before the course start date. This is to cover venue, parent hub and administration costs.

6 weeks or less: If a cancellation occurs within 6 weeks of your course starting, 50% of the course fee will be refundable. This is to cover venue, parent hub and administration costs.

2 weeks or less: No refund will be available, unless the space can be filled.

In all cases, an alternative option will be offered which may be in person or on Zoom. We will of course always take special circumstances into consideration, please contact us to discuss.

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