All local maternity units offer antenatal education classes. These are free-of-charge and are run by midwives. They cover various topics including labour and birth, pain relief and infant feeding, and are a great opportunity to find out more, ask any questions and meet some other parents from your area. The classes are usually held at children’s centres and libraries. Your midwife can give you more information on the specific classes available in your area.

Follow these instructions to book a class in your area:

Location How to book
Bournemouth Email us rbc-tr.rbch.communityMidwives@nhs.net after your 12-14 week scan with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Due date
  • Contact telephone number
  • Hospital number
  • GP surgery
Poole Call 01202 442319 (08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday, or leave a message with your name and contact number)
Dorchester Call Maternity Reception on 01305 254267 to book

Class places are strictly limited, so please try to book as soon as possible to ensure that we can fit you in. Partners are welcome to attend. If you can’t attend any of the sessions you have booked, please let us know so that we can give your place to someone on the waiting list.