Paid Classes

The Royal Surrey antenatal education team provide a selection of classes which incur a charge. The money made from these classes goes towards the maternity unit to help improve the service offered to mothers and babies.

Booking is essential; please email with your name, address, contact number and due date or call: 01483 406725.

Birth and Beyond Course (approx. 24 weeks onwards): A four week course that covers all aspects of labour, birth and baby care. These classes are held at The Royal Surrey and are an excellent way of getting unbiased, midwife led antenatal education while making friends at the same time. Included in the course is a tour of the maternity unit as well as a postnatal reunion once all the babies have arrived!

Hypnobirthing (approx. 26 weeks onwards): 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.

Active Birth class (approx. 32 weeks onwards): This 3 hour active birth class teaches you the principles behind having a natural, active birth. Taught by midwives who have years of experience of active birth, this class will teach you breathing, massage and relaxation techniques as well as positions for labour and birth. Natural forms of pain relief are discussed, including labour and birth in the pool, and a tour of the midwife led unit is included as well as a visit to our new Delivery Suite pool room. Perfect if you have had a baby before and want a recap or you are a first time mum wanting to add to the education you have already received.

Pregnancy Yoga: During your baby’s growth in pregnancy, yoga brings you strength, tone and relaxation, making more space for your baby. Utilise yoga, movement, breath and relaxation to prepare for birth with confidence and calm. Yoga is also a brilliant way to start bonding with your baby. Group classes held at The Royal Surrey with Birthright teacher Eve Mackie and a question and answer session every 4 weeks with our Antenatal Education Specialist Midwife Claire Barraud who has also worked in the Midwfe Led Unit at the hospital for over 10 years. This class is £6 a session, booking is essential; please email with your name, address, contact number and due date.

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 for more information.