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Antenatal classes

Coronavirus: antenatal classes update

Following government advice all face-to-face antenatal classes at St Thomas' Hospital are now cancelled until further notice. This includes all classes and workshops listed below. Online video groups are now fully set up to run regular daytime, evening and Saturday antenatal classes online. If you are already booked you'll receive an email with more information.

You can still book on the Eventbrite website for day, evening and Saturday antenatal classes. Once booked we will email you a link to join the online class about one week before and again on the same week of the class. We do not know for how long face-to-face classes are going to be cancelled for, so please remember to book a space for your partner too.

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  • Weekday antenatal classes

    Face-to-face antenatal classes are temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    You can still book on the Eventbrite website for online day, evening and Saturday antenatal classes. Please remember to book a space for your partner too. Once booked we will contact you offering online antenatal classes.

    2021 dates for our classes (Word 25Kb).

    2022 dates

    Weekday antenatal classes take place every Tuesday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. They also take place on the first Thursday of every month:

    • Thursday 6 January
    • Thursday 3 February
    • Thursday 3 March
    • Thursday 7 April
    • Thursday 5 May
    • Thursday 9 June
    • Thursday 7 July
    • Thursday 4 August
    • Thursday 1 September
    • Thursday 6 October
    • Thursday 3 November
    • Thursday 1 December
    • Thursday 8 December
  • Evening antenatal classes

    Face-to-face antenatal classes are temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    You can still book on the Eventbrite website for online day, evening and Saturday antenatal classes. Please remember to book a space for your partner too. Once booked we will contact you offering online antenatal classes.

    2021 dates for our classes (Word 25Kb).

    2022 dates

    Evening antenatal classes are split into 2 parts and are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm:

    • Wednesday 5 or Thursday 12 January (part 1)
    • Thursday 10 or Friday 27 January (part 2)
    • Wednesday 2 or Wednesday 9 February (part 1)
    • Thursday 17 or Thursday 24 February (part 2)
    • Wednesday 2 or Wednesday 9 March (part 1)
    • Thursday 24 or Thursdday 31 March (part 2)
    • Wednesday 6 or Wednesday 13 April (part 1)
    • Thursday 21 or Thursday 28 April (part 2)
    • Wednesday 4 or Wednesday 11 May (part 1)
    • Thursday 19 or Thursday 26 May (part 2)
    • Wednesday 1 or Wednesday 8 June (part 1)
    • Thursday 23 or Thursday 30 June (part 2)
    • Wednesday 6 or Wednesday 13 July (part 1)
    • Thursday 21 or Thursday 28 July (part 2)
    • Wednesday 3 or Wednesday 10 August (part 1)
    • Thursday 18 or Thursday 25 August (part 2)
    • Wednesday 7 or Wednesday 14 September (part 1)
    • Thursday 22 or Thursday 29 September (part 2)
    • Wednesday 5 or Wednesday 12 October (part 1)
    • Thursday 20 or Thursday 27 October (part 2)
    • Wednesday 2 or Wednesday 9 November (part 1)
    • Thursday 17 or Thursday 24 November (part 2)
    • Wednesday 7 or Wednesday 14 December (part 1)
    • Thursday 22 or Thursday 29 December (part 2)
  • Saturday antenatal classes

    Face-to-face antenatal classes are temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    You can still book on the Eventbrite website for online day, evening and Saturday antenatal classes. Please remember to book a space for your partner too. Once booked we will contact you offering online antenatal classes.

    2021 dates for our classes (Word 25Kb).

    2022 dates

    All Saturday antenatal classes are from 9.30am to 1.30pm:

    • Saturday 15 January
    • Saturday 19 February
    • Saturday 19 March
    • Saturday 23 April
    • Saturday 21 May
    • Saturday 18 June
    • Saturday 16 July
    • Saturday 20 August
    • Saturday 17 September
    • Saturday 15 October
    • Saturday 19 November
    • Saturday 17 December
  • Birth interventions workshops

    Our birth interventions sessions explain the process of induction and why a birth may need to be assisted with a ventouse (suction cup) or forceps.

    Join us on Microsoft teams for a presentation followed by a question and answer session. You do not need to book, just join the session on the date.

  • Talk on pain relief by one of our anaesthetists

    Join one of our anaesthetists for a presentation about pain relief options during labour, followed by a question and answer session. You do not need to book, just join the session on the day.

  • Home birth workshop

    These classes are temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

  • Physiotherapy antenatal class (for women only)

    There are 2 different physiotherapy antenatal classes. Both are informal and fun.

    The aim is to:

    • improve your ability to manage any back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
    • educate about the importance of pelvic floor muscle exercises

    The classes run on alternate Mondays from 10am to midday. They take place in the antenatal education room at the antenatal clinic, St Thomas' Hospital.

    You don't need to have back or pelvic pain to attend. All pregnant women are welcome. You only need to attend these classes once.

    Back and pelvic pain class

    The class includes a talk and chair-based exercise session led by a specialist physiotherapist.

    The talk will cover the changes to your body during pregnancy and how this can cause muscle and joint pain. You will learn:

    • the knowledge and skills to manage or prevent back and pelvic pain at home
    • how to recognise the signs that mean you should see a pelvic health physiotherapist

    If you are experiencing severe back and pelvic pain, you are still welcome to attend. Please also ask for a referral to the pelvic health physiotherapy department from your midwife, obstetrician or GP.

    You should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise.

    Pelvic floor class

    This class covers pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy and beyond. The aim is to prevent common pelvic floor problems after the delivery of your baby.

    It includes a talk about what pelvic floor muscles are, how they work and the effect on them from pregnancy and delivery.

    You will learn:

    • how pelvic floor muscle training can help different pelvic floor problems
    • how to do pelvic floor muscle training
    • when to start exercising following the delivery of your baby
    • the signs that mean you should see a pelvic health physiotherapist

    If you are experiencing pelvic floor problems, you can still attend the class. Please also ask for a referral to the pelvic health physiotherapy department and named obstetrician.

    How to book

    Please email antenatalphysiotherapyclass@gstt.nhs.uk to book your place.

    If you have any questions, please call 020 7188 5084 for further guidance.

  • Aqua aerobics

    These classes are temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

  • Pregnancy information on nutrition and exercise (PINE) workshops

    Pregnancy information on nutrition and exercise (PINE) is a 2-hour workshop available to all pregnant women living in Lambeth with a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9. The BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. If you don't know your BMI, you can check it on the Badger app.

    The workshop will support you to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy. We will give you information about healthy eating, your unborn baby's nutritional needs and keeping active during pregnancy.

    These workshops are currently taking place online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    You can register for the PINE workshop on the Eventbrite website for a weekday morning, weekday evening or Saturday morning workshop. Partners and companions are also welcome to register.

    For more information, please email pine@gstt.nhs.uk or call 073420 76322.

Other resources

Pregnancy information on the NHS website.

 

How to find us

St Thomas' Hospital
Antenatal clinic
8th floor, North Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH

Email: antenataleducation
@gstt.nhs.uk

Map to antenatal clinic (PDF 1Mb).

Coronavirus

Please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) update page for more information.