Antenatal Courses, Postnatal Courses and Hypnobirthing

Pregnancy preparation with a difference
across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire

A relaxed, friendly and supportive antenatal and postnatal course during pregnancy, written and taught by a practising midwife. Join us for a fresh perspective on birth and new parenthood and come away feeling positive and empowered about the journey ahead as well as making friends at the same stage as you!

if you have any questions, or find out more about the classes and book below!

COVID update: During the second lockdown period of November 2020 we will be moving our antenatal courses back to Zoom as per guidelines. Luckily our postnatal courses are continuing in person to continue providing face to face support for new parents in Buckinghamshire! We will be back to COVID secure, in person antenatal classes as soon as the restrictions lessen in December. I have loved teaching in person group courses again between the lockdown periods however, so there will be no delay in doing this again once restrictions lift!

About me

I’m Sophie, a midwife and mother, living in Buckinghamshire and working in a busy London hospital. Despite my experience as a midwife, I found the lack of support after having a baby a huge shock and so in 2018 decided to set up The Village Midwife. 

Hearing mums at baby groups saying “I wish I’d known…” or “I wasn’t allowed…” made me want to reinvent Antenatal Classes so that pregnant women and their birth partners went into their birth experiences knowing their full range of options as well as feeling empowered, positive and prepared. I wanted to create a community of new mums who could support each other and so started our popular Postnatal Course as well as the antenatal course, and started The No Sleep Club for even more local support. I also teach my bespoke Hypnobirthing Course which combines my midwifery experience with hypnobirthing relaxation techniques for a positive and relaxed birth experience! 

Our courses truly make a big difference to local parents – I believe everyone has the right to honest, informed preparation for giving birth and to the non-judgemental support you need during life with your new baby! Have a read of our reviews to see more about why we’re different or drop me an email with any questions – my inbox is always open!

"Never could I have imagined how one stranger - a mum, a highly qualified midwife and altogether spectacular human would play such a big role in helping us and bringing us into a community of like minded first time mums and dads"

"Sophie made the course accessible and friendly, she is approachable, extremely knowledgeable and very caring and empowering."

"I would recommend Sophie's course in an instant, you will be so pleased you did."

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Friendly. Non-judgemental. Inclusive. Relaxed. Local.

Our approach to antenatal and postnatal courses

Why are we different?

We aim to prepare you for labour and birth as well as life as parents which includes preparation for whatever type of feeding you choose and how to prepare for that postnatal period with your new baby. Our ethos is all about informed choice and is a no judgement zone!

The antenatal course is written and designed by a practising midwife, and constantly reviewed to add the latest evidence and statistics which means people benefit from up to date support and knowledge throughout their pregnancy

As well as a friendly and relaxed antenatal course, I provide support for people through their pregnancy and afterwards by text or phone, from individualised birth plan chats to questions by text at 11pm

Who better to learn from how to navigate the maternity system that you’re giving birth in than someone who has experience working in it?

Our popular postnatal course gives new parents the support you need as well as learning about baby massage, relaxation techniques for you and baby, your physical recovery plus first aid. 

We have built up a community of parents supporting each other, with The No Sleep Club (a weekly social group for pregnancy and beyond) and whatsapp groups for mums to give advice to each other. As well as a firm group of parent friends from your antenatal and postnatal course, you get a wider support network!

We are fully inclusive which also includes flexible payment plans and a single parent discount – just email me, because I’ve been there myself!

Check out our reviews  – they speak for themselves!

"Go on this course if you have any fears, just want to feel extra prepared or want to meet people in the same boat as you, you will not regret it."

"I can't recommend Sophie enough, she was the luckiest stumble I found on instagram! I truly believe without Sophie my partner and I would not have felt so confident in communicating our birth choices during our labour. Not only are both the antenatal and postnatal courses so insightful, you are welcomed into a supportive and loving community."

"I didn't want the classes to finish!"

"The word that best describes how I felt each week in Sophie's class is 'empowered' - she champions every woman in the room and teaches that you have options and choices when it comes to giving birth."

Where are the courses?

Our courses are set in beautiful locations and taught by a current practising midwife who is very passionate about what she does (as you might be able to tell!)

Our Prestwood courses are based in Prestwood and Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire. We have pregnant and postnatal clients from Prestwood, Great Missenden, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Hughenden, Amersham, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Berkhamsted and so on!

1-1 Hypnobirthing and birth chats are at your home or if you are not Buckinghamshire/Berkshire based are on Zoom, with all course materials posted to you!

"This course and Sophie really do not stop giving, it has been an invaluable experience to us as first time parents to be and we will be highly recommending The Village Midwife to all our friends. Thank you Sophie"

"Sophie's approach is fun, honest, informative and current with no stigmas or pressure attached. I felt totally prepared for my birth experience because of Sophie's knowledge and advice!"

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The Antenatal Courses and Postnatal Courses

Our antenatal and postnatal courses in beautiful Buckinghamshire guide you through your pregnancy, birth and your journey into motherhood.

Get ready for an antenatal course with a difference…

Find out more about our hugely popular antenatal course including dates of the courses in Prestwood, Buckinghamshire and Cookham, Berkshire and prices

Find out more here about our postnatal course to support new mums and their babies including dates, times and prices

Our antenatal and hypnobirthing refresher course is for people having their second or third babies who want a recap and to meet other parents in the same boat!

We have hypnobirthing course options to suit everyone. Our bespoke hypnobirthing courses help prepare you for parenting as well as birth!

Time to discuss your birth plan or preparations for labour at your home around your schedule with a midwife, with support before and after as needed

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