Parent Education Courses


Booking onto a Course

If you would like to book onto one of the courses, click here

We want to help you get the best from our courses. Below is a break down of the programmes and courses we offer in the West Herts Trust. Due to demand we are only able to offer ONE COUPLE'S COURSE per couple.

If you are accessing a couple's course via the NCT or another private organisation and you feel you need to attend another course then you would help us immensely if, for your NHS course, you booked onto a women's only course.

Our program is the same throughout all of our courses. So, whether you opt for the women only, the couple's evening course or the one stop days, the program is the same.

» What is the program for first time parents?

We cover:

  • Labour and birth (mechanics and stages of it, support in labour, signs of, when is a good time to come in, optimal fetal positioning).
  • Coping strategies (including positions, pain relief and water birth).
  • On most courses a tour is included.
  • Interventions (caesarean section, instrumental deliveries)
  • Feeding.
  • Postnatal topics (life after birth, nappies, postnatal care)

The PREPARATION FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH ON THE BIRTH UNIT course, TWINS course and the REFRESHER course have their own separate programmes.

» Twins Course – any couples expecting Twins

  • Includes labour and birth options
  • Life with twins
  • Feeding and postnatal issues

» Preparation for Labour and Birth on The Birthing Unit – 1st time parents

This is a 'one-stop' course in Watford at the weekend for couples covering labour and birth on our midwifery led birthing unit – The Alexander Birth Centre (ABC)

It covers:

  • Labour and birth (mechanics and stages of it, support in labour, signs of, when is a good time to come in, optimal foetal positioning).
  • Coping strategies (including breathing, positions, water birth and pain relief on offer on the ABC).
  • A tour is included.

For more information about our birthing unit and the criteria click here

» Refresher Course - Women only

We offer a women only session or a couples refresher session. These sessions are designed for women that have had a baby before. Subject to availability 09:00-12.30pm or 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

The course covers:

  • Labour and birth re-visited
  • Coping strategies including pain relief
  • Caesarean Section verses vaginal birth following a previous Caesarean section
  • Home birth verses hospital birth (Birth unit/delivery suite).
  • Feeding

Also covers aspects around sibling rivalry.

If a tour is required this needs to be booked separately as it is not included during the morning.

» Breastfeeding Workshops

This 2 hour session is designed for couples or women only to cover the needs of the group. This includes understanding the benefits, mechanics, positioning (using visual aids) etc. Book directly on 01923 800003. or see  This website has an up to date list of all the breastfeeding support groups across Hertfordshire. You can contact any of the groups about breastfeeding, including before your baby is born

» Breathing and Relaxation Session

It is a women only session aimed at all women having their babies at Watford and is ideal when women are 32 - 34 weeks in pregnancy. The session is being held in a local children's centre in Watford - Ebury Children's Centre
Raglan Gardens, Oxhey Hall, Watford WD19 4LL - Tel 01923 255054.

» Specialist  Sessions

The Pregnancy Club – A monthly class designed to support women throughout their pregnancy. Any pregnant women booking at West Herts can attend from the moment they find out they are pregnant and come every month until they have their baby! This women only session is held every Monday and Tuesday evening 7pm – 9.30pm in Children’s Centres across Hertfordshire – see The Pregnancy Club link for details of venues and how to book

Course Locations:

Watford Hospital
Come into the maternity department entrance (when you come into the hospital off of Vicarage road, look right, the first 4 storey building is the maternity block) Follow the signs to the car park and walk back up the hill to the maternity block. On entering the block there is a seating area. Your midwife facilitator will meet you there. The courses are in the Parent Education Room on the ground floor, almost opposite the antenatal clinic.

Hemel Children's Centre (3rd Monday of each month, 7.00pm-9.30pm)

  • Windmill Children Centre,
    Broadfield School
    Broadfield Road Entrance
    Hemel Hempstead,
    HP2 4DW

    Tel: 01442 505 921

    The Children's Centre sits in the grounds of Broadfield School and is accessed via Broadfield Road. Parking is allowed in the school car park during the evening.

Croxley Green Children's Centre (2nd Tuesday of each month, 7.00pm-9.30pm)

  • Dulwich Way
    Croxley WD3 3PX (Next to Yorke Mead School

    Tel: 01923 805 110
    (refreshers only)

All sessions are booked through Watford parent education dept on 01923 217686 or
via email to to find out dates.


About Children's Centres

We are very pleased to be offering some of our courses in the local children's centres because it allows couples to see the fantastic support these centres can offer families. Not only support for the children with stay and play groups etc but parents as well. They offer postnatal groups, groups that can help with parenting, health visitor groups and clinics and much much more. For more information about local children's centres, please visit the Hertfordshire County Council website for Children's Centres.

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