The Blooming Bunch – AnteNatal Classes

Mondays or Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9pm at The City Barge. Some, such as Hypnotherapy relaxation, take place at The Little Gym. Once you register your enquiry, we will send exact dates that fit your pregnancy.

Unlike many other courses, we invite partners to every session. They don’t have to come but they just keep coming back! This means that dads are fully equipped to support their partners before, during and after the birth. Dads-to-be enjoy meeting like-minded blokes who are also slightly terrified! Our groups are 5 – 8 couples which means everyone is heard but the mood is still lively. Time is also available if you wish to speak privately to our midwife at the end.

Session 1Wellbeing & Place of Birth (2 hours) One hour on getting physically prepared for birth (nutrition, osteopathy, physiotherapy and exercise). One hour on your choices for Place of Birth: labour wards, birth centres or home? Where do I feel safest? What difference might place of birth make? At the private riverside Harrowden Room in The City Barge. With Midwife Pam and Beverley.

Session 2 – Labour (90 minutes) Fun exercises to explain what is happening and why? The importance of early labour; coping mechanisms; all types of pain relief (gas and air, Tens machine, water, hypnosis, pethidine, diamorphine, epidural etc). Understanding the language that birth attendants might use and what choices you can make. In the spacious surroundings of The Little Gym. With Midwife Pam and Beverley.

Session 3 – Natal Hypnotherapy (90 minutes) An exclusive Blooming Bunch introduction to the vital skill of deep relaxation for birth: breathing and visualisations in the cosy soft play area of The Little Gym with local practitioner, Olivia Southey.

Session 4 – Birth (90 minutes) With Obstetrician, Professor Donald Gibb. Listen to 30 years of experience with the owner of Harley Street’s Birth Company. Natural and Caesarean Births covered. All questions answered by the super-popular Donald!

Session 5 – Partner’s Night (90 minutes) Specific focus on the role of your birth partner/dad-to-be. You’ll be amazed at how much they can do! With midwife, Pam, Bev and Husband, James Cracknell.

Session 6 – Breast Feeding & Life With A Newborn (2 hours) This will really get you thinking about all the pros and cons of breast and bottle feeding. Expectations of first 6-weeks post-birth. Sleeping, snuggling and surviving! With Midwife & Lactation Consultant, Chloe Dymond; a local post-natal doula. Plus Bev & Pam.

Session 7 – Home Visit at your convenience from Pam or Chloe soon after birth to support you. Feeding advice if needed; self-care; baby check.

Session 8 – New Mummies meet up! Coffee and conversation with Bev & Pam; a chance to debrief your experiences and meet all the new babies!

Whole course for 2 people – £400

The price includes :-

  • A copy of the Happy Birth Book
  • Ongoing midwife support by phone and email
  • 7 ante-natal classes
  • 1 informal social pub gathering with your group
  • 1 post-natal new Mummies meetup with Bev and Midwife Pam
  • 1 post-natal visit from Midwife Pam to your home at your convenience after your baby is born
  • Three free parent and baby classes at The Little Gym (usual cost £60)
  • WhatsApp group inclusion for ongoing support
  • Discounted rate on our post-natal course
  • Exclusive discounts from baby/pregnancy brands with which we are partnered
  • Priority access to local health specialists



“Given the expertise of the speakers and the amount of time with the experts, this course is definitely value for money.”

I love hearing from second time mums…they are a joy to work with as they bring so much wisdom to the classes and ALWAYS have better births than they ever thought possible after being part of The Blooming Bunch.

We now offer a ‘bespoke’ Refresher service which allows mums to pick and choose which of the First-Time classes they would like to attend. Some are more interested in birth choices, labour, Hypnotherapy and pain relief; whilst others are keen to understand Breast Feeding and Life with a Newborn. Some wish to know more about everything! You can book onto as many of the 8 classes as you wish. Please click on the ‘Classes’ tab to see details.

What do I do now?
Fill in the enquiry form and we will send you the course dates that suit your due date. You can then decide which evenings you fancy. It’s £50 per session for you and your partner. This can be paid on the night or online beforehand. We create a really special, relaxed atmosphere and friendships are always made.

Do I have to commit?
You are guaranteed a place if you book ahead. But we know that mums often have to make decisions at the last minute. So you can contact us at any time – even on the day itself – and we will always try to fit you in.

What else?
We recommend that already-mummies to have a one-to-one birth ‘debrief’ session with our Independent Midwife, Pam Wild. This is a great way to work out exactly what happened last time and put the bad bits behind you in preparation for number two (or three!). Pam offers this service as a convenient time for you at a Blooming Bunch discounted rate of £50. She’s always whizzing round Chiswick and West London seeing clients so she’ll agree a time and place that suits you.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Costs £50 per session for you and your partner

“As a second time mum, you think well I’ve done it all before…what more can I learn from an antenatal course….well I learnt a blooming bunch of great stuff!!! :)”
Kath, baby born April 2014.

“Great Antenatal class! The chats reminded me of all the nitty-gritties. The mini session on Natal Hynotherapy was very relaxing and focused the mind.”
Laura Bottega, 3rd c-section

For those who prefer private ante-natal know-how in the privacy of their chosen location. Absolute discretion guaranteed. Specialist one-to-one post-natal and breastfeeding care also available.