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Parent education classes

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but 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, exploring your options for pregnancy, birth and beyond, whilst meeting other expectant parents.  Antenatal Classes: Your Pregnancy, Your Choice!  

Birth Choices clinic

Have you thought about where you would like to have your baby? 

Come and discuss your options with a Midwife on ‘The Birth Centre’ Aspen Ward. Clinic is held every Monday from 2pm. Telephone: The Birth Centre on 01322 428667 to make your appointment.


Birth Planning Classes (Out of Area) 

Birth planning classes specifically designed for women choosing to have their baby at Darent Valley Hospital. These classed are aimed at ladies 34-37 weeks pregnant, from out of the area and who are under the care of a Community Midwife. Classes held on the first Monday of every month. To book your place contact 01322 428190 or email dgn-tr.dvh-antenatalclinic@nhs.net


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.

Held at: Darent Valley Hospital, Wednesdays 10am - 12 Noon.


Bookings: Recommended for 30 - 36 weeks, book via online booking form


Caring for your new baby


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

Darent Valley Hospital - One Saturday every month 

(AM Session) 10am – 1pm or (PM Session) 1. 30 pm - 4.30pm 


Bookings:  online booking form

Either: (AM) 10am – 1pm or (PM) 1:30pm - 4:30pm. NB  these classes are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month  please remember to state in the additional information box if you would like to attend am or pm.


  • 2018


                   7th April                         2 nd  June                    6 th  October 

                   5th May                         7th July                       3rd November 
                                                        4 th  August                 1 st  December 

                                                        1 st  September                                         

Caring For Your Newborn Baby / Infant Feeding

Facilitated by DVH Maternity Staff at a Children Centres 

Knock hall Children’s Centre


Gravesend Children’s Centres  

WHEN: Mondays 09.30-11.30

  • No class in December

Bookings: via Angie Sturrock MSW at angie.sturrock@nhs.net

The Brent Children’s Centre, Dartford 

1st Wednesday of each month 10-12pm (2 hours)

Bookings: Via The Brent Children’s Centre or your MSW email: janet.ashton1@nhs.net

Danson Children’s Centre, Bexleyheath

3rd Tuesday of each month 11am - 12.30pm (1.5 hours)

Bookings: Via the Children’s centre or. Places can be booked via the children’s centre or email: janet.ashton1@nhs.net

Northend Children’s Centre, Slade Green

1st Thursday of each month 1-3pm (2 hours)

Bookings:  Via Northend Children’s Centre or your MSW email: janet.ashton1@nhs.net

Riverside Children's Centre, Gravesend   


Bookings: via Angie Sturrock MSW at angie.sturrock@nhs.net

Little Gems Children's Centre, Northfleet 


Bookings: via Angie Sturrock MSW at angie.sturrock@nhs.net

King's Farm Children's Centre, Gravesend DA12 5JT


Bookings: via Angie Sturrock MSW aangie.sturrock@nhs.net


Epidural Class - informal Q & A

The truth about epidurals: What you need to know, including mobile epidurals. Have you had a previous bad experience with analgesia, suffer from back problems or are simply anxious and would like to know more about epidural analgesia in labour? Then why not call and book onto one of our monthly epidural classes, run by an experienced anaesthetist, who will explain all about analgesia in labour (specifically spinal and epidural anaesthesia).

Facilitated by Dr. Francoise Iossifidis 

Bookings: Online via online booking form

  • Tuesday 13th March 2018
  • Tuesday 10th April 2018


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 - 4 week courses usually commence 1st Tuesday and 1st Wednesday of every month. 7.00pm and 9.30pm (2.5 hours) 


Bookings: Online - Early booking recommended starting the course at 30 weeks of pregnancy onwards. 

Starting Dates 2018:       

  • Tuesday 8th May & Wednesday 9th May
  • Tuesday 5th June & Wednesday 6th June. 
  • Tuesday 3rd July  & Wednesday 4th July


Labour workshop (labour, pain relief & birth) 


An antenatal class that will cover all aspects of the birthing process and help know what to expect.            

  •                Late Pregnancy and Early labour.
  •                Stages of Labour and Birth. 
  •                Informed Choices: Place of Birth, Labour and Pain Relief Options.
  •                Birth Planning/Vision.
  •                Positions for Labour and Active birth.
  •                Breathing and Relaxation Techniques.
  •                The Role of Birth Partner.       
  •                Whom To Contact and When?
  •                The Immediate Post-Natal Care.                  

Thursday 1830 - 2100 hrs


  • 15th March
  • 12th April
  • 17th May
  • 14th June
  • 12th July
  • 16th August
  • 20th September
  • 11th October
  • 15th November
  • 13th December

Weekends am or pm Time 0930-1300 & 1330-1700

  • 2018                                                                                             
                   Saturday 24th March                                                        Sunday 29th April
                   Saturday 26th May                                                           Saturday 30th June  
                   Saturday 28th July                                                           Sunday 26th August  
                   Saturday 29th September                                                Saturday 27th October
                   Saturday 24th November 2018.

Bookings: Online - Classes may be booked around 25 weeks of pregnancy to attend between weeks 30 –37 Darent Valley Hospital - for available dates. Refer to the online booking form


Multiple 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.

  • Thursday 19th April
  • Thursday 5th July
  • Thursday 8th November

Bookings: Online booking form


Pregnancy plus


A healthy lifestyle course for women with a raised BMI, facilitated by midwives. 

Bookings: Contact 01322 428753 or ask your Community Midwife for details


Waterbirth workshops


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. 


Darent Valley Hospital - Facilitated by Dianne Garland - for more information visit www.midwifeexpert.co.uk/       

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, the Parent Education Co-ordinating Midwife 

Karen Youens 01322 428100 ext. 4906 or email karen.youens@nhs.net.


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