Antenatal Education 


Once you reach 12 weeks, it is recommended that you sign up for an Antenatal Education Course to learn all about labour, birth and preparing for life with a newborn. Education is key and knowledge is power. Plan to attend a course ideally between 24-34 weeks as this gives you plenty of time to learn everything, prepare fully and practice the techniques that you can use throughout labour. Don't worry if you have left it later than this - we will do our best to squeeze you in!

We cover everything you need to know to prepare for birth, including surviving the 4th trimester and provide a fantastic opportunity to make friends.

We will teach you in a grounded and down to earth way, all about:

  • The signs labour is starting

  • The stages of labour, how things typically progress

  • What is a contraction? The science behind what your body is doing and techniques to help you cope

  • The role of hormones and the importance of the positive feedback loop

  • The effects of fear on the process

  • Using the breath, yoga positions and mindfulness as a toolkit for labour

  • Clear explanations of all possible medical interventions and pain relief options - and why these sometimes have a much needed place

  • How to make decisions and give meaningful informed consent in the moment - and why it is this that goes towards creating a more positive experience

  • How long things might take, when to call, what to pack in your bag

  • Where to birth choices - home, midwife led unit or hospital

  • Essential birth partner tips - what to do, when

  • The 4th trimester - early days with your newborn, what to expect - feeding, sleeping, baby care, mum’s self care and returning safely to exercise


Experts in this field, all LushTums teachers have been fully trained to deliver Antenatal Education Courses based on the latest evidence based science, research and protocols.

Co-created by our founder Clare Maddalena and a team of expert midwives we have received full accreditation from FEDANT, the UK's awarding body for antenatal education, midwifery & doula services in the UK.

We not only cover all the science about what your body is doing, but also teach you practical, tried & tested tools & techniques on how to 'breathe, move and relax' throughout labour and birth. Unlike other courses we really teach you how to cope with labour, to work with your body and overcome fear.

We don't shy away from any subjects and will teach you about all the options open to you including medical pain relief and interventions you might have to navigate - so you are fully prepared and able to make the best decisions for you and your baby on the big day. Again, this is unlike other courses which often just explain about natural childbirth and don’t take into account some of the other things that might happen.

Sign up today. Make friends as you learn and prepare for birth and parenthood with positivity and excitement.


Join our Antenatal Education Courses today:

  • Brighton & Hove - We run monthly courses on Tuesday evenings 7-9.15pm x 4 sessions. Courses include brunch meet ups where you can make friends with other new parents and parents-to-be. Next course is November, then January and March 2020 - more details below.

  • Hayward’s Heath - 29th September, 1st December. Our popular one-off 6 hour course provides a full approach to Antenatal Education, helping you to prepare for birth & for your baby. We covers everything you need to know about labour and birth, how to survive the fourth trimester, baby care, care for yourself and the safest ways to return to exercise. This popular course is in collaboration with Beacon House family therapeutic centre; a child and family clinical psychologist will also be joining us to talk about the importance of attachment and bonding with baby, both during pregnancy and through the early stages of parenting. £170 or early bird for £150. Contact Sarah & Kate for more info.

  • Cheshire & Stockport - 11&18th November. Ideal for pregnant women and their birth partner. This course runs over two 2.75 hour sessions and is a small group to allow an informal and personal approach.

    As a trained and experienced Midwife and Public Health Nurse, as well as a LushTums Pregnancy Yoga teacher Suzanne is able to draw on knowledge and experience to combine the science of birth with tried and tested yoga breathing, moving and relaxation techniques and share this knowledge and experience with you and your birth partner. I hope to empower you both, to work confidently together towards a positive birth experience, making the right decisions for you in the moment and help you plan your transition into the fourth trimester as new parents with your baby at home. £115 or early bird for £100 (booked 3 weeks before) or combine with Pregnancy Yoga 10 classes for £210 and get 2 extra pregnancy yoga classes free.

    In collaboration with Nurture and Nutrition a further short course delivered by a Certified Lactation Consultant focusses on breast feeding. This explains normal feeding behaviour, starting breast feeding, maintaining breast feeding, troubleshooting any problems that commonly arise, and interestingly incorporates many other important aspects of life with a new baby such as sleep, attachment, bonding, crying and normal baby behaviour. A fabulous preparation for you and your support partner for the early hours, days, weeks and months with your new baby. For more info or to book see

    Mini First Aid for Babies and Children. A 2 hour course for all parents and carers, ideal to take in pregnancy before your baby is born. £20pp or £36 for 2 persons, £54 for 3persons. Contact Suzanne for more info or to book in for Thursday 11 July 8-10pm, Bramhall. 

  • Ipswich - This 2 hour session focuses on birth partner yoga teaching you how to breathe and move and relax for birth. £30 per expectant mama-to-be and her birth partner. Contact Sarah for more info.

  • Chichester - £75 for our 4hr Antenatal Education course. We cover all aspects of labour and birth. Giving you the facts and science, leaving you feeling knowledgeable and empowered. We cover yoga techniques and breath work that are invaluable tools for labour.

TO BOOK: Click through to find your chosen date on the timetable on this page and press book now to save your space.

More dates coming soon for other areas. Please mail us here to add your name to our local wait list and we will let the teacher there know you are interested.


Full Antenatal Education Programme - Prepare for Birth & Baby: includes Prepare for Birth, Surviving the 4th Trimester, Baby Care & Feeding, Baby First Aid and two lovely chances to connect with others and make friends at the Mamas Brunch meet up and the Family Brunch meet up, when the babies are here!

Happening monthly, over 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7.00-9.15pm at the lovely cafe Starfish & Coffee, Queens Park Rd with special guest teacher for Baby First Aid from Sarah, Daisy First Aid.

£250 per expectant couple and/or expectant mother and birth partner x all 4 sessions plus 2 meet ups. Or early bird book just 6 weeks in advance and save £35, pay only £215.

nOVEMBER Course (If You Are Due December, January or Feb 2020). BOOK NOW:

  • 5th & 12th Nov: Antenatal Education - Prepare for Labour & Birth

  • 19th Nov: Baby First Aid

  • 26th Nov: Surviving the 4th Trimester - Prepare for Baby, Sleeping & Feeding

  • Saturday 30th Nov: Mamas-to-be Brunch meet up at 10.30am

  • Sunday 5th Jan: Family Brunch to meet the babies at 10.30am

JANUARY Course (If You Are Due February, March, April 2020). BOOK NOW:

  • 7th & 14th Jan: Antenatal Education - Prepare for Labour & Birth

  • 21st Jan: Baby First Aid

  • 28th Jan: Surviving the 4th Trimester - Prepare for Baby, Sleeping & Feeding

  • Saturday 1st Feb: Mamas-to-be Brunch meet up at 10.30am

  • Sunday 26th April: Family Brunch to meet the babies at 10.30am

MARCH course (If You Are Due April, May, June 2020).

  • 3rd & 10th March: Antenatal Education - Prepare for Labour & Birth

  • 17th March: Baby First Aid

  • 24th March: Surviving the 4th Trimester - Prepare for Baby, Sleeping & Feeding

  • Saturday 28th March: Mamas-to-be Brunch meet up at 10.30am

  • Sunday 26th April: Family Brunch to meet the babies at 10.30am

Also courses running in NOV, JAN, MAR 2020 - BOOK NOW > SPACES LIMITED.

Find out more or reserve your place today by emailing us on

Or simply book now via the timetable above - click to find your chosen START date and press book now to save your space for that course. Book 6 weeks before course start date and qualify for the early bird discount, saving you £35!

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Courses are also planned to run on THURSDAY EVENINGS in Hove during August, October & December - TO THE SAME FORMAT AS ABOVE - if you are interested please reserve your place today by emailing us on

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We have hundreds & hundreds of wonderful reviews but thought we’d share just a few here to give you an idea of what other women think once they complete a course with us.

“Deciding which classes to take to prepare us for the birth of our child felt like a complete chaotic minefield for James & I. I am so glad we chose the LushTums course. There was so much to learn but  the patience and way of explaining things was easy to digest. I felt so empowered after the course and felt I had all the info to be able to say this is my birth and Im going to question stuff! The environment was not scary I did not feel silly asking questions and am so grateful for the guidance through the class.” Vicky, February 2019

“Clare's antenatal course left me feeling considerably more informed and relaxed about my first birth. Before I started I had a lot of anxiety about how I was going to get the baby out and what pain options might be suitable for me. The course helped me understand my choices and gave me the information and skills to feel confident and even excited about bringing my child in to the world, in whatever way I wanted or needed to do it. Clare has a very kind, intelligent and objective way of delivering information which she adapts well to the different people in the group. The handouts and pdfs have been very useful since, as have the book recommendations I was given. The first aid session with Sarah was also so useful. My husband felt very much a part of the sessions and frequently refers to what we learned over the weeks which gave me further reassurance that together we could do it. Overall I highly recommend the course!”  Sophie, January 2019

"I have to say your Birth Preparation Course was better than NCT and so much cheaper - thanks so much, we both loved it." Laura, September 2018

"My husband and I found the LushTums Preparing for Birth course exceptional. We had already decided to also partake in the standard NCT class and now we have experienced both I can't stress how much better I found the LushTums course in terms of actual techniques and coping strategies. It was far more real and less text book. Alongside the course I have been attending the LushTums pregnancy yoga classes and these have altered my perception of labour and birth in such a positive way. I would recommend any mums-to-be to invest in some 'you and baby' time. It's been so invaluable to me (and our baby) and I would highly recommend the LushTums programme in all capacities". Carrie, March 2018