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Antenatal Course Provider Comparison

We know it can be tricky to choose an antenatal course so here is a comparison of the birth preparation course, pregnancy support, postnatal support and baby care education that each course provider offers.

Emiliana Hall

We know it can be tricky to choose an antenatal course, and often making friends is at the top of the priority list. However, at a time when the NHS maternity and postnatal care system is so stretched and overwhelmed, it is imperative that your priority is unbiased, personalised and ongoing support/education.

Keen to make friends? Then choose a group course option (with the priority of the points above), or aim to make connections in other ways. Pregnancy/postnatal exercise classes, baby massage, local baby groups are all great ways to meet other local parents at a similar stage to you.

To make comparing courses a little easier for you, we’ve put together these comparison tables which show details of what you should take into consideration including the:

  • Birth preparation course
  • Pregnancy support
  • Postnatal support
  • Babycare education

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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