Antenatal education workshops



This page explains the education workshops we offer to women being cared for by our midwifery team.

About the workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to help you both during and after your pregnancy. You can come to all of the workshops or just choose the ones that you are interested in. Your birth supporting partner or other relative/friend is welcome to attend the workshops with you.

Where are the workshops held?

Antenatal classes also known as workshops are held in the community according to your postcode. Once we receive your booking form we will book the classes and contact you directly with the dates and times of the classes in your area. If classes are not available for your postcode then they will be held in the antenatal education room on the 8th floor of St Thomas' Hospital. 

How can I book a workshop?

Please email with your name, address, hospital number, the date your baby is due and a telephone number or download our workshop booking form (Word 59Kb) following your 20 week scan and return it to us at St Thomas'.

You usually attend around 32 - 36 weeks of your pregnancy unless otherwise stated in the workshop information below.

We will contact you by letter or telephone with the dates, time of day and place of your classes around four weeks before your classes start. If you have not heard from us by 32 weeks of your pregnancy please contact us on 020 7 188 6873 (voicemail). Please let us know as soon as possible if you change your address.

Workshops offered at St Thomas'

Name of workshopFrequency and timesWhat it coversAdditional information
Labour, birth, pain relief and relaxation

Usually held on a Thursday, with occasional Monday classes, 9.30am - 1pm

These classes no longer include a tour - please see our virtual tour

  • Signs of labour, stages of labour and coping strategies
  • Comfortable positions, basic massage, relaxation and the role of your birth partner
  • Coping methods and options for pain relief in labour (PDF 20Kb)
  • Induction of labour, assisted births with vacuum or forceps and Caesarean section
If you have sent us a completed booking form or email request for antenatal classes you should have been contacted by 32 weeks of pregnancy with details of where and when your classes are taking place. If not, please contact us again at or telephone 0207 188 6873.
Breastfeeding Usually held on a Tuesday, 10am - 1pm
  • Breastfeeding
  • Expressing and storing milk
  • Positioning and attachment of your baby at the breast
  • Where to get help and support for feeding your baby
Parenting Usually held on a Tuesday, 1.45pm - 4.15pm
  • The parenting role
  • Baby care
  • Car safety
  • Reducing the risk of cot death
  • Emotional changes following childbirth, recovery and support

Other workshops

Name of workshopFrequency and timesWhat it coversAdditional information
Physiotherapy antenatal class Two Fridays per month, 10.30am - 12.15pm. This is a workshop for women only A physiotherapist runs the workshop and offers advice about:
  • safe exercise in pregnancy
  • promotion of continence
  • care of your back
  • general aches of pregnancy
  • returning to fitness after birth.

How to book:

Contact the physiotherapist directly.


020 7188 5084 Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4.30pm.
Multiple pregnancies Approximately every six weeks on Wednesdays, 9.30am - 12.30pm This workshop focuses on the particular needs of women expecting more than one baby. We can usually arrange a visit to the neonatal unit during the workshop.

Ideal time to attend:

Between 24 and 32 weeks of your pregnancy.

Virtual tour of our maternity unit   We have a virtual tour which enables you to view patient areas of our maternity unit. This includes photographs of where to access the hospital and photographs of the labour rooms, birthing pool, garden room, operating theatre and postnatal areas.


Talk on pain relief by one of our anaesthetists

Drop-in workshop held once a month on Tuesdays, 5pm - 6pm.


2015 dates of pain relief in labour talks (PDF  20Kb)

Online education from NHS Choices Pregancy information available on the NHS Choices website    
Home birth workshop Drop-in workshop held once a month on Fridays, 6pm - 8pm. Information is given by community midwives about birthing at home. 2015 dates of home birth workshops (PDF 19Kb)