Antenatal Education & Preparation

Antenatal Education / Parent Craft Classes

The Antenatal Education (Parent Education) team in The National Maternity Hospital play an essential role in promoting, and helping you  maintain good health in pregnancy and beyond. We aim to help prepare women and their partners for labour and the changes and challenges that their new baby will bring to their lives. We know that a positive birthing experience can positively affect a woman’s long term wellbeing, and aim to empower women and their partners to believe in themselves through a partnership approach. 

Currently, all of our antenatal education classes are live, online interactive webinars delivered using webex.

Please see the full menu of classes below. 

Email or call Nicola or Susan (01) 637 3499 to book your place.

If you do not receive a reply from us, please check your spam folder as there is sometimes an issue with hotmail, yahoo and gmail. 

When emailing, please include:

When you are due (EDD)
Hospital number
Is it your first baby?
Is there anything in particular we need to know about you?

We need your feedback to help develop our service. Please take a few minutes to complete this evaluation of your class:

Click here to take our Survey

Introducing The NMH eLearning Hub

To complement and support your antenatal education needs, a multidiciplinary team led by Professor Grainne Flannelly have developed an  eLearning Hub,  This incredible multidisciplinary team  is composed of NMH healthcare professionals including midwives, physiotherapists, lactation consultants, dieticians, paediatricians, obstetricians, psychologists and many more.  Each resource takes you through a series of educational modules to help you on your journey through pregnancy and beyond, and will be referenced throughout your  classes. We recommend that you review each module prior to the classes.



Antenatal Resources for Women During COVID-19

In response to the current covid 19 pandemic, the antenatal education team has had to dramatically change the way antenatal education classes are provided. A multidisciplinary team have developed an eLearning Hub, which is located on this site.  We recommend all women to access this educational hub and would appreciate your feedback.


We  provide interactive online antenatal classes via webex.

These include:

  • Pegnancy well being classes (Early pregnancy class)
  • First time mothers/parents preperation for labour and delivery class
  • Babycare and postnatal classe
  • Refresher class
  • VBAC (vaginal delivery after c section) class
  • Elective section class (for women who know they will be having a planned c section)
  • Introduction to Hypnobirthing class
  • Partners' class
  • Twins class
  • Young mum’s classes (women aged 18-21yrs)
  • Preparation for Breastfeeding class (led by lactation consultant)

We  respond to women’s and their partners' feedback; adapting and reviewing this new service on an ongoing basis. 

We suggest that approximately 30 weeks is a good time to do your labour antenatal education webinar, and the babycare/postanatal class can be done later in the pregnancy. 

To enhance your learning experience, we suggest you review the material on our eLearning Hub prior to the classes. It is also helpful if you download the webex app before the class.

To book your place, please email 

When emailing, please include:

  • When you are due (EDD)
  • Hospital number
  • Is it your first baby?
  • Is there anything in particular we need to know about you?

Other online classes available to you:

  • Healthy bodies after birth class- led by a physiotherapist; please email to book
  • Tus Mhaith (good start) - healthy eating  for women with a BMI over 25, please email
  • "Healthy minds in pregnancy and beyond" led by the perinatal menatal health team.
  • "Supporting your postnatal emotional wellbeing" a class focussed on mental wellbeing led by the perinatal mental team. 



Virtual "Pregnancy Wellbeing" classes (previously known as "Early pregnancy class")

This is a set of three classes focussing on promoting wellness and maintaining good health in pregnancy and beyond. Ideally, women should come as early as possible in the pregnancy, however you are welcome at any stage. each class will be apprximately 1-1.5 hours long.

  • Class one: 1st friday of the month-Midwife and Pharmacist.
  • Class two: 2nd friday of the month-Physiotherapist.
  • Class three: 3rd Friday of the month-Dietitien.

We strongly advise you to attend this class as it is an opportunity to meet a midwife, physiotherapist, dietitian and pharamacist early in your pregnancy, and can help lay the foundation for a positive experience for you. 

For convenience, there will be one meeting link for all three classes, You are also free to pick and choose sessions to attend.

To get the most out of this class, we recommend that you take time to go through the material available on The NMH guide to keeping well in pregnancy.


Mental Wellbeing classes: facilitated by the NMH perinatal mental team

Our perinatal mental team have developed two new classes focussing on mental wellbeing in pregnancy and beyond.

  • "Healthy Minds in Pregnancy"
  • "Supporting your Postnatal Emotional Wellbeing" (participants are invited to  join this class during pregnancy, and also in the postnatal period)

Each class will be run once a month on a Tuesday 17.00-19.00 

email for an invite.

Virtual Classes for First Time Parents

We currently run sets of live, virtual classes for first time parents/  women and their support partners weekly.

Classes  consist of a "preperation for labour and childbirth" class which is best done at about 30 weeks and a "babycare/postnatal care" class which is ideal to attend later in the pregnancy. 

You can however choose to do this set of classes over one day, or split it up over two days. 

The classes are designed to complement and build on the information in the eLearning hub and you will find them more beneficial if you have reviewed the relevant modules before your class. 

The NMH guide to Labour and delivery:

The NMH guide to caring for yourself and your baby after birth:

Please click on links below for outline of first time parents classes.

Class one:  "Labour and Delivery"

Class two: "Baby care and Postnatal care"


Virtual "Young Mums and Dads" class

This is a class aimed at the younger mother and father (late teens to approximately 21 years of age).

It is a small, interactive class, facilitated by a midwife. Where possible this is done in person.

Partner/ support person encouraged  to attend.

Last approximately two-three hours. 

For further information: email Susan



Virtual "Refresher Class" (for women who have a child already)

This class is designed for women who have had a previous vaginal delivery and aims to help prepare for this pregnancy's labour and delivery.

It is facilitated by a midwife 

Partners welcome.


Virtual "VBAC" Class: preparing for vaginal delivery after previous caesarean section

This class is designed to support women who have had a previous caesarean section and are hoping for a vaginal delivery in this pregnancy. This is known as a VBAC - Vaginal Birth After Caesarean section.

The class aims to empower women to maximise their chances of a vaginal delivery.

It is facilitated by a midwife 

Partners welcome.


Virtual "Preparing for an Elective Caesarean Section" class

This class is designed for women where it has been decided that an elective caesarean section is the most likely delivery method.

It is facilitated by a midwife and aims to prepare women for their Caesarean Section. 

Partners are welcome.

Virtual "Preparation for Breastfeeding" Class

This class is facilitated by lactation consultants and will help start a positive breastfeeding journey. Further information is available on the Breastfeeding page.

This virtual class is held on the first Friday of every month at 12.30 and the third Wednsday at 18.00. Partners are encouraged to attend. 


Virtual "Partners" class

This is a class for partners only. It is designed to give partners the opportunity to ask questions and clarify information. It is open to partners who have attended other antenat l education classes, and those who were unable to attend classes.

It is held once a month 17.00-1900. 

Antenatal videos in conjunction with whatsupmum

Antenatal videos in conjunction with Whatsupmum

We have been working with Whatsupmum to bring you short, focused, educational videos, which you can watch in your own time. We hope that you will find them helpful and would love to hear your feedback.

For Pregnancy related videos, please visit

For Parent Craft videos, please visit

Information for patients on blood group and transfusions

Information for patients on blood group and transfusions
If Your Blood Group is RhD-negative

A leaflet is available to explain the standard of care given to pregnant women who have been identified as having an RhD-negative blood group.

Blood Transfusion Information for Patients

Leaflets are also available to help explain blood transfusions for mothers and babies and why you may need one.