Our Course Leaders

All of our antenatal classes are taught by registered midwives, who work in hospitals, birth centres or the community in their local areas. They bring a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to our classes, ensuring first-time parents have up-to-date and good quality information. They are also all registered and insured both with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), and the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT).

Bristol antenatal class leaders:

Bonny Hetherington

Photo of Bonny Hetherington, Director at New Life Classes


Bonny has been working as a midwife since 2003, starting her career in Bath before moving to Bristol. She has worked in various roles within this time before settling in a core role on the Delivery Suite at Southmead hospital. She is currently on secondment to Cossham Birth Centre.

As well as working as a Midwife, Bonny is a trained sleep specialist for 0-5 year olds, and has a passion for supporting parents in encouraging good sleep practices with their children.

Carley Oates

Photo of Carley Oates, Course Leader in Nailsea and Portishead


Carley has just finished her training as a midwife. She is also an experienced antenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, integrating evidence-based midwifery and empowered birthing. She has been teaching antenatal groups and supporting couples to prepare for childbirth since 2009. Her caring compassionate approach provides a friendly relaxed environment where couples explore the changes that pregnancy, birth and parenting may bring to family life. She has seen the benefits of antenatal education in improving the experience of women and their families and the value of couples preparing for parenthood together and within a group.

Dany Moore

Photo of Dany Robson, Antenatal Course Leader in Westbury on Trym


Dany qualified as a midwife in 2004 and has worked in a variety of settings from delivery suite, to the community. She is passionate about empowering women and their partners to make informed choices about their pregnancies, birth and the early days with their babies.She believes antenatal classes should be fun, evidence based and provide an environment to make friends with other parents. Her aim is to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to enter parenthood with confidence and enjoy their babymoon to the full.

Emma Scourse

Photo of Emma Scourse, Antenatal Course Leader, Bedminster


Emma qualified as a midwife in 2016 and brings a wide variety of experience to the role. She has cared for women on both antenatal and postnatal wards; Delivered NHS antenatal classes in the community; Supported midwives in delivering more than 40 babies at home, in midwife-led units and delivery suites.

She  believes all women and their partners should have access to comprehensive, evidence-based antenatal education; as this plays an important role in preparing them for the transition into parenthood.

Sophie Nicolson-Lailey

Photo of Sophie Nicolson-Lailey, Antenatal Course Leader, Clifton


Sophie is an experienced Midwife who qualified in 2003. During her midwifery career she has travelled extensively, including spending 2 years working in Australia.
Since becoming a Mum in 2014, she works part-time at Southmead hospital as a rotational Midwife. She fully understands the importance for new parents to be supported, educated and empowered during this extremely exciting and emotional time.

“Seeing the transition from couple to new family has to be one of the most amazing and wonderous experiences to be part of. It truly is the best part of the job”

Violet Unciano

Photo of Violet Unicano, course leader, New Life Classes, antenatal classes in Downend

After having two children Violet qualified as a midwife in 2015. She gained experience in a variety of settings rotating between the central delivery suite, wards and the Midwife-Led Unit at St Michael’s. She is currently working in South Bristol Community.

She loves the fact her job enables her to be part of so many life changing events and she is passionate in ensuring that, regardless of how the baby arrives, childbirth is a unique and positive experience for all her women and families. She strongly believes that providing evidence-based, antenatal classes is the key to empowering women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

Bath antenatal class leaders: 

Hannah Bowater
photo of Hannah Bowater, New Life Classes antenatal course leader in Bath

Hannah qualified in 2015, she works as a rotational midwife at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, supporting women and their families antenatally (including induction), during labour in both complicated and uncomplicated settings and postnatally in hospital. Hannah is also an Infant Feeding Key Worker within the hospital, ensuring staff are up to date with evidence based information to pass onto women about feeding and nurturing their babies. She recently helped the hospital to maintain its Baby Friendly Initiative status.

Hannah has a particular interest in pregnancy and birth education, and ensuring women have the time and information to make informed choices. She believes education is important to bridge the gaps between professionals, communities and families to ensure woman are at the centre of all birth experiences. Hannah lives in Bristol with her husband Simon, daughter Olive and Wilf the dog.