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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.

NO spaces available on Wednesdays

26th June

27th June

18th July

25th July

1st August

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

For further information, please access   New-born Baby Information Booklet

Bookings:  online booking form

(please remember to state in the additional information box if you would like to attend AM or PM)


  • 2018

                                             4th August (PM ONLY)          3rd November

                                             1st September                        1st December

                                             14th October (SUNDAY)           

Caring For Your Newborn Baby / Infant Feeding

Facilitated by DVH Maternity Staff at a Children Centres 

Knockhall 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 

WHEN: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 DA7 4EZ

WHEN: 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 DA8 2EB

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  DA12 2JY 

WHEN:      Monday 23rd July 9:30am to 12:00m

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

                   Call Riverside CC  03000 422342


Next Steps Children's Centre, Gravesend  DA12 5JT

WHEN: Monday 25th June 9:30am to 12:00m

             Monday 24th September9:30am to 12:00m

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

                   Call Riverside CC  03000 422342


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 

WHEN: Dates to be added soon

Bookings: Online via online booking form


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:        

  • AUGUST         NO CLASSES 
  • SEPTEMBER Wednesday 5th 
                            WEEKEND COURSE Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th (Two day course -10 am to 4 pm)
  • OCTOBER      Tuesday 2nd or Wednesday 3rd
                            Tuesday 30th or Wednesday 31st 
  • NOVEMBER   WEEKEND COURSE Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th (Two day course-10 am to 4 pm) 
                            Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th 


Labour workshop (labour, pain relief & birth) 


Weekends AM 09:30-13:00 or PM 13:30-17:00

               Sunday 26th August 

               Saturday 7th October


For more information on Labour and Birth, please access the following NHS Choices link:

What happens during labour and birth - NHS.UK

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 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

 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 Williams  michelle.williams26@nhs.net



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 BOOKINGS 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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