Parent Education

 Airedale Parent Education sessions are suspended until December 2020 

We are unable to provide Parent Education sessions for October and November 2020, but aim to be back with you in December.

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Parent Education sessions available to book during October and November. We will use this website to notify you just as  soon as we can start booking sessions again.

All parent education sessions are now live virtual sessions using Microsoft Teams. All you need to access sessions is a device with a camera facility (smart phone/tablet/laptop etc.) and an email address.

Instructions about how to join the sessions will be provided after you have booked.

Please book once you have had your 20 week ultrasound scan. To book a session please call the antenatal clinic on 01535 294681 or 292411. If you have any specific enquiries please email

Virtual sessions available: Keeping Birth Normal, Caring for Baby, Waterbirth, When Nature needs a Hand and Hypnobirthing. Please read the session information below before ringing to book.

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At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust we believe that every woman and family booked to receive maternity care through our Trust should expect a high standard of antenatal education as it is an important and valued element of our maternity services. Physical, emotional and intellectual preparation can have a huge impact on birth outcomes and effective parent education can significantly increase the likelihood of a normal birth and a healthy baby – both are factors which will enhance the transition to parenthood.

Our classes are available for all women booked to receive their maternity care at Airedale. We offer a variety of classes and you can attend at any time during your pregnancy, but we suggest that between 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy is ideal. Spaces are limited per class to ensure quality and therefore it is advisable to book early, Please book following your 20 week Ultrasound scan. (how to book).

We would encourage your main birth partner to attend virtual sessions with you.

Parent Education sessions aim to be informative, fun, interactive.

Keep Birth Normal (approximately 2.5 hours)

The aim of the session is to enable participants to learn about the labour process and to find out about a variety of coping techniques to enable you to have a calm, confident and positive approach to labour and the birth of your baby. At the end of the sessions there will be opportunity to view the labour ward (called the ‘Stork Walk’). As this is a busy maternity unit, access to labour rooms may not always be possible.
Takes place most Tuesday evenings 17:00 – 19:30pm.

Caring for your baby: building a positive relationship (approximately 2.5-3 hours)
This session gives you information about how you can meet your baby’s needs and the importance of a close and loving relationship. It includes information about how a baby’s brain develops, feeding your baby and how you can help to get breast feeding off to a good start, with practical information including meeting the needs of a newborn and safe sleeping. The session is interactive, informative and fun!
Takes place most Thursday evenings 17:00 – 19:30pm.

Water birth (approximately 2 hours)
This session will introduce water birth and the many benefits for you and your baby. This session will include a visit to the pool rooms on the midwife led unit. You will watch a water birth DVD and have time for discussion.
Takes place Wednesday mornings per month 10:00 – 12:00.

When nature needs a hand (approximately 2 hours)
This session will provide you with information about induction of labour, what happens if your birth needs assistance and caesarean section birth.
Takes place once a month Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 12:00.

Hypnobirthing course (2 x 2 hour sessions over 2 week course)

PLEASE NOTE: it is important to attend a Keeping Birth Normal Class PRIOR to attending a Hypnobirthing course in order to gain most benefit from the course.
Hypnobirthing will teach you a combination of easy to learn methods including breathing techniques, deep relaxation and visualisation combined with positive thought and language to assist you to achieve a positive birth experience.Please note Hypnobirthing is a course and you will be required to attend both sessions to obtain the full benefit of Hypnobirthing.
Takes place most Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons 13:30 – 15:30.

How to book

Bookings can be made via the antenatal clinic 01535 294681 or 292411. Please book once you have had your 20 week Ultrasound scan. If you have any specific enquiries please email  If you are unable to attend a class please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be offered to another person and we can organise an alternative date for you to attend.

One to one sessions
we offer one to one sessions should you require specific support during your pregnancy.
These sessions can be booked by emailing us directly at

Parent Education sessions will be held in the Parent Education room on Ward 21 (Location B18).

Classes will start promptly – please ensure you allow time to park and walk to the venue. Please note there is a small charge for car parking in the hospital grounds.

We ask that you arrive about 5 minutes before the start time of the class and wait outside the ward where a member of staff will meet and greet you. (Please note that there is no need to press the ward intercom to announce your arrival as a member of staff will be there at the start of the class to meet you.)

Feedback from people who have attended our classes:

“Feel 100% more informed and inspired”

“Friendly approach”

“It was fun and useful”

“Janet has a calm manner, really informative”

“Gives a positive approach to birth”

“I am a man and wasn’t sure about coming, but I am glad I did. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot”

“Brill, would definitely recommend”

“It is fantastic this is free”

“Loved the whole course, Sarah has been great”

“The session was invaluable and empowering”

“Excellent clear info for labour and afterwards”