Birth and Beyond

Our Birth and Beyond (approx. 24 weeks onwards) courses are our recommended gold standard antenatal classes. 

Below you will find a wide range of our paid for antenatal classes at the hospital. These are designed to offer women more choice when it comes to their antenatal education. 

Classes are midwife-led and offer evidence based and up-to-date learning. The small class sizes encourage parents to make friends with other local parents in their area. 

The money from these antenatal classes goes to improving the maternity environment and providing additional courses and classes for women and staff.

For any questions regarding these classes, please email rsc-tr.antenatalclasses@nhs.net.

Complete (approx. 28 weeks onwards) – £275

This is the complete package that includes everything a first time parent needs.

Session 1 and 2:  Labour and birth including all pain relief options, the 5R’s and the role of the birth partner

Session 3:  HypnoBirthing (includes MP3 and book), techniques to help you stay calm however you birth you baby

Session 4:  C-section, induction and instrumental birth

Session 5:  First aid for new parents

Session: 6: Six hour Baby Care Workshop including a one and a half hour First Aid Course, a one and a half hour Breastfeeding class and a Colostrum Collection talk, as well as a three hour Practical Baby Care class. Tour of the maternity unit after the workshop. 

Weeks 6-10: (after the babies are born): Four week baby massage course where you learn to help babies with minor issues such as colic and wind, and get to meet up with everyone from the course. Baby massage has also been shown to help mothers and babies relax and aids bonding. This is usually attended when the baby is three to four months old.

This course provides a fantastic opportunity to meet other local parents-to-be as you will attend all the same sessions booked together. You will also get evidence based, accurate and un-biased information in small groups which allows for excellent interaction and plenty of time to answer questions.

There are classes for parents who live in Guildford, along with classes for parents who live in Godalming, Haslemere, Headley Down and surrounding areas so you will always have the opportunity of meeting other local parents. 

For available dates, venues and to book please visit our Eventbrite and select the Birth and Beyond Complete you and your partner would like to attend.  

If there are no spaces on your selected course, please choose another date or alternatively a different area.

One ticket covers two people.

Refresher (approx. 28 weeks onwards) – £75

A four hour refresher course for parents who have had a baby before. This class will cover:

  • What to expect second/third time around (when to come in etc)
  • How to prepare siblings for the arrival of the baby, and adapting to family life
  • What your options are for birth (homebirth, midwife led unit, delivery suite, pool room)
  • Ways of helping yourself (the 5R’s, pain relief, pool birth)
  • Recap on baby care (bathing, safe sleeping, transition to parenthood etc)
  • Tour of the Maternity Unit.

For available dates and to book please visit our Eventbrite.

Hypnobirthing Complete (approx. 24 weeks onwards) – £140

Hypnobirthing education taught by experienced practising midwives and qualified hypnobirthing practitioners. Hypnobirthing teaches breathing, relaxation, massage and visualisation techniques to women and their birth partners to help them achieve a calm, gentle birth. Hypnobirthing is not only used by mums wanting a natural labour and birth, but by any mum wanting to learn ways to stay calm, controlled and relaxed during labour and birth. The class is six hours long and includes a book and MP3 download (this class is included in Birth and Beyond Complete).

Hypnobirthing techniques are taught in this class. If you have you a mental health diagnosis, this class may not be suitable. Please discuss with your Mental Health Team or Jasmine Team prior to booking.

For available dates, venues and to book please visit our Eventbrite and select the Birth and Beyond Hypnobirthing you and your partner would like to attend. 

If there are no spaces on your selected course, please choose another date or alternatively a different area.

One ticket covers two people.

Hypnobirthing for Complex Birth (approx. 24 weeks onwards) – £75

This class offers hypnobirthing education for mums who are having a caesarean section or more medicalised method to birth their babies, including techniques to keep you calm before, during and after the birth of your baby. 

Specific techniques/affirmations are taught that can be used to help you stay focused and relaxed in theatre as they are tailored to the theatre environment and a surgical birth.

Hypnobirthing techniques are taught in this class. If you have you a mental health diagnosis, this class may not be suitable. Please discuss with your Mental Health Team or Jasmine Team prior to booking.

To see available dates and to book please visit our Eventbrite

One ticket covers two people.

Water Birth Workshop (approx. 28 weeks onwards) – £25

This two hour class discusses:

  • The benefits of water for mum and baby
  • Safety, Risks and Special Considerations 
  • Caring for you and your baby in the water
  • What to wear
  • Pharmacological pain relief and the use of water
  • The birth partners role
  • Coping methods which complement the use of the pool.

The class includes tours of the Maternity Unit's pools (where vacant) including the midwifery-led pool rooms and the consultant-led pool, as well as a (dry) demonstration of the portable, inflatable pool used commonly at home.

To see available dates and to book please visit our Eventbrite.

One ticket covers two attendees.

First Aid for New Parents – £40

This is an informal class giving parents the opportunity to learn basic resuscitation and choking management for both infants (0-1yr) and children (1yr – puberty) in accordance with the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines. The session will also cover some basic first aid including bleeding, burns, head injuries and seizures.

We cannot accommodate children or babies on the class and you will not be able to attend if you bring them with you. No refunds will be given.

(Please note, this class is included in Birth and Beyond Complete).

To see available dates and to book please visit our Eventbrite.

One ticket covers two people.

Baby Care Workshop (approx. 32 weeks) – £60

A lot of pregnant couple's time and attention is focused on the birth of the baby, but what do you do afterwards? This three hour class will cover everything you need to know about the early days of parenting such as nappy changing, sleeping, and bathing, as well as the transition into parenthood and postnatal recovery for mum. (Please note breastfeeding is taught separately by attending the Antenatal Breastfeeding Class).

This class is perfect for parents who want a recap if they have had a baby before, or for parents who want to add to their antenatal education (this class is included in Birth and Beyond Complete).

To see available dates and to book please visit our Eventbrite.

One ticket covers two people.

Baby Massage (from 6 weeks) – £40

At The Royal Surrey County Hospital, we recognise the benefits of baby massage for both mums and babies. We now offer baby massage classes which can be attended any time from birth (but most babies enjoy it most from 6 weeks) and the classes are midwife and nurse-led (this class is included in Birth and Beyond Complete).

To see available dates and venues, and to book please visit our Eventbrite.

One ticket covers one person with baby.

Terms and Conditions

Please note we operate a fair and reasonable use policy:

You and your selected birth partner may attend one of each type of course per pregnancy, for example, one antenatal workshop, one breastfeeding class and one your pregnancy matters evening. Multiple bookings may be cancelled without notice and entrance will be refused if you do attend. 

We kindly request that if you are unable to attend a free booked class that you cancel at least 48 hours prior the event so that we might make your space available to other parents. Failure to cancel and return your ticket(s) will result in you being blocked from booking any further free classes and we reserve the right to cancel any further free tickets booked.

Please check individual class instructions carefully as to whether your booking requires one ticket per family/couple or whether you need to select a ticket per person. 

Refunds:

Free classes: A reminder will be sent 48 hours before the start of the event. You can return your free tickets up to 24 hours before that start of the event. 

Paid classes: You are able to claim a complete refund 30 days prior to the start of your chosen event. Please take note of the recommended gestation for the courses. Attendees are welcome at any gestation but we recommend that you book your classes in good time. We are unable to provide refunds for courses (whole or incomplete) where the individual has been unable to attend due to going in to labour at term (37 weeks+). 

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