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Parent education classes


During the Christmas period booking will take longer to process. We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but it can be full of unanswered questions as you plan for the birth of your baby. The Maternity Parent Education Team aim to offer a wide choice of evidence based antenatal classes, where you can ask those questions, explore your options for pregnancy, birth and beyond, whilst meeting other expectant parents.        

Breastfeeding workshop


Are you pregnant and would you like to find out more about breastfeeding? Then book a place on one of our antenatal breastfeeding workshop. Recommended for 30 - 36 weeks,

Every Wednesday 10 am - 12 Noon.


Bookings: Via online booking form

Caring for your New Baby Class


The Maternity Department invites you to our information sessions on caring for your new baby.

Darent Valley Hospital 

One Saturday every month - 

AM Sessions 10am – 1pm or PM Sessions 1. 30 pm - 4.30pm 

Available dates: 

           Saturday 18th April 20 AM or PM

Bookings:  online booking form (please state in the additional information box if you would like to attend AM or PM)


Caring for your New Baby Class (Community classes):

Community classes are also available at the following venues:


Northend Wellbeing Centre (formerly Northend Children’s Centre) Slade Green, Erith, Kent - Thursdays 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

          Thursday 2 nd April 1.00 to 3.30 pm                     


Bookings:  online booking form (please state in the additional information box NORTHEND WELLBEING CENTRE)


Next Steps Children’s Centre, Gravesend

            Monday 27th April 9.30 to 12.00

Bookings:  online booking form (please state in the additional information box NEXT STEPS CHILDREN'S CENTRE)


Riverside Children's Centre, Gravesend - 9.30 to 12.0

          Monday 30th March 9.30 to 12.00

Bookings:  online booking form (please state in the additional information box RIVERSIDE CHILDREN'S CENTRE)


For further information on caring your Newborn, please access   New-born Baby Information Booklet  


Home birth classes


Come along to our home birth preparation classes and explore other options for you place of birth. Hear from other women and families who have had a home birth, speak to midwives, talk to other expectant parents and ask questions in our two hour drop-in sessions.

Dates:  Friday 25th October 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am

           Swanley Children's Centre 

              The Willows, Hilda May Ave, Swanley BR8 7BT

Drop in - No booking needed

  Hypnobirthing courses


A preparation for birth course in which you will learn about the wonderful process of labour and how  you can positively influence it by acquiring positive perceptions and  learning to relax and to create a positive environment for birth.


To find out more and to book your place, please visit the Darent Valley Hospital "Hypnobirthing" webpage. 


  • We recommend you choose a start date around week 30 to 32 of pregnancy.
  •  10 hour course.
  • Runs for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 7.00pm and 9.30pm
  • We also offer some weekend courses Sat and Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm (both days inclusive)
  • Cost £50 per person/couple 
  • You must be booked to have your baby at Darent Valley Hospital in order to attend.


                                      2020 Starting Dates


March          Tuesday 3rd         Wednesday 4th

                     Weekend Sat 7th and Sun 8th (Two day course)

April            Tuesday 7th          Wednesday 8th         

                    No weekend course

May            Tuesday 5th          Wednesday 6th 

June           Tuesday 2nd         Wednesday 3rd

July          Tuesday 7th           Wednesday 8th

Bookings: Online Early booking recommended. Best time to start the course near 30 weeks of pregnancy onward


Twins and Triplets Pregnancy Evening


Having more than one baby? Come and discuss multiple pregnancy and birth, feeding and early days, practical parenting tips and meet other parents to be.  All classes 7pm to 9pm in the Tambootie Seminar Room.

2020 Dates:

        Monday 24th February

        Monday 18th May

        Monday 13th July

        Monday 2nd November 

Bookings: Online booking form


Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section (VBAC) Group Sessions


If you have had a C-Section before and wish to try for vaginal delivery or are still undecided, our VBAC group is open to you one Saturday morning a month. Come along to know more about the VBAC process and learn valuable coping skills for your labour.

If you have any queries please contact Michelle Lyon: email: michelle.lyon1@nhs.net


Parent's Labour class  

 Cost £30 per person/couple

Discussing labour and birth options - 

Facilitated by Dianne Garland


Email: dianne@MidwifeExpert.com

For more information on Labour and Birth, please access the following NHS Choices link:

 What happens during labour and birth - NHS.UK

 Obstetric Anaesthetic Association website: http://www.labourpains.com/home

Waterbirth workshops

Cost £15 per person/couple

The workshop is interactive and couples look at the benefits of water and the benefits of using water in labour.

  • Meet other couples planning a water birth; 
  • Explore active birth and the use of water for complementing any birth experience; 
  • Receive support in choosing to use water for labour. 
  • Facilitated by Dianne Garland 


Venue: Phillip Farrant Education Centre - Darent Valley Hospital (via main entrance)


E-mail:  dianne@MidwifeExpert.com       


Useful information resources for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond



DVH Maternity Service: Pregnancy Information Booklet

Bounty New Pregnancy App: Bounty pregnancy, birth & baby app | Bounty

The Pregnancy Book | HSC Public Health Agency:  www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/pregnancy

NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-and-baby

Care of the New Baby:

DVH Maternity Service:  New-born Baby Information Booklet

Birth to five | HSC Public Health Agency:  www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/pregnancy

Baby Buddy APP: You can download Baby Buddy for FREE on Google Play and in the App Store, and there is also a web version of Baby Buddy.

NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-and-baby.

DVH Breastfeeding information and support: www.dvh.nhs.uk/our-services-specialists/a-to-z-of-services/maternity-services/antenatal/

Infant Feeding:

Infant Feeding: Best Beginnings | Watch from Bump to Breastfeeding www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/watch-fbtb 

UNICEF:  www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/Resources/Resources-for-parents/Building-a-happy-baby/ 

NHS Start 4 life:  www.nhs.uk/start4life

For further information on all Antenatal Classes please call  01322 428755 

or email Ellie Walledge, Parent Education Coordinator 



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