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Parent education classes

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,

WHEN: Every Wednesday 10 am - 12 Noon.

New spaces available from  Wednesday 17th April 2019


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.

WHERE: Darent Valley Hospital 

WHEN: One Saturday every month - 

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

Available dates: 

             Saturday 4th May 2019

             Saturday 1st June 2019

             Saturday 6th July 2019

             Saturday 3rd August 2019

             Saturday 7th September 2019

             Saturday 5th October 2019

             Saturday 2nd November 2019

             Saturday 7th December 2019

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

Date:  1st Thursday in the month

Time: 1-3pm

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


 Next Steps Children’s Centre, Gravesend

Date: Monday 29th April 2019

Time: 9:30 to 12:30

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

Riverside Children's Centre, Gravesend

Date: Monday 18th March 2019

Time: 9:30 to 12:30

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  


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 "Hypnobirthing" webpage. 

Darent Valley Hospital - 10 hour course usually commences 1st Tuesday and 1st Wednesday of every month. 7.00pm and 9.30pm

Cost £50 per person/couple 


2019 Starting Dates: 


May:  Tues 7th     Wed 8th           September:  Tues 3rd      Wed 4th

June: Tues 4th     Wed 5th           October:      Tues 1st      Wed 2nd

July:  Tues 2nd    Wed 3rd                                Tues 29th    Wed 30th

August: NO COURSE                   November:  Tues 26th    Wed 27th 

Bookings: Online - Early booking recommended starting the course at 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.

WHEN: New dates to be advertised for 2019

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 428100 ext. 4906 

or email Ellie Walledge, Parent Education Coordinator 


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