Free Classes

The antenatal education team at the Royal Surrey County Hospital provides an extensive list of free classes for it’s pregnant clients. Visit the Royal Surrey website for a full, detailed, list of available classes

Although free booking is essential; Unless otherwise indicated, to book simply email with your name, address, contact number and due date or call: 01483 406725. For all questions regarding class content, suitability or advice on what classes or combination of classes might work for you then please contact Claire Barraud, Antenatal Education Specialist Midwife on

Please note that employees have a right to paid time off for antenatal care. ‘Antenatal care’ isn’t just medical appointments – it can also include antenatal or parenting classes if they’ve been recommended by a doctor or midwife. Please visit Working when pregnant- your rights, for more information.

Early Pregnancy Class (approx. 12-16 weeks): A 2 hour class covering all the common questions women have in early pregnancy.

Antenatal Workshop (approx. 32 weeks onwards): A 6 hour antenatal workshop run by the community midwives that covers all the important aspects of labour, birth and the first few days with a new born. The workshops are taught in Guildford, Godalming, Farnham and Haslemere.

VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean section) class: An evening presentation on your choices for birth after caesarean section. Please phone 01483 406711 to confirm your attendance.

Antenatal Breastfeeding Class (approx. 32 weeks onwards): The breastfeeding class is taught by our breastfeeding specialist midwife. During the class she will discuss principles behind breastfeeding, how to get breastfeeding off to a good start, anatomy of the breast, how to hand express, positioning at the breast, how to know feeding is going well, how the RSCH supports breastfeeding, what you need to breastfeed and where to go for support. No need to book, just turn up! Please email for current dates and times or check the website.

Antenatal Class for Young Mums: This Informal group for young parents is designed to not only provide information on labour, birth and baby care but is the ideal place to meet other young mums in a similar position to you. For more information call the Teenage Pregnancy Midwife on 07810375950 or email

Fear release class (approx. from 24 weeks onwards): This class is on a referral basis only from your midwife or obstetrician. This 3 hour class is for women who are very fearful of giving birth.

Tours of the Maternity unit (from approx. 34 weeks): Tours of the maternity unit are run on a Saturday and a Sunday. We can only take a maximum of 10 couples (unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children on the tour). Please discuss with your community midwife about days and times.

Physical Preparation for Childbirth classes: The Women’s Health specialist Physiotherapy Team at the Royal Surrey offer 3 childbirth preparation classes,starting in early pregnancy, focusing on managing the physical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. Visit the Royal Surrey website for more information about the course content. Please email or call 01483 464153.