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Bristol: Bishopston

We run a programme of seven antenatal courses each year in Bishopston, you can find all the dates below. Ideally you will be between 28-32 weeks pregnant at the start of your antenatal class, so there is some flexibility on which course is best for you.

Birth partners play an important role in supporting you at all stages in your journey to becoming a parent – we therefore advise that your birth partner attends antenatal classes with you, whether it’s the Dad, a relative or friend. Our course fee includes your birth partner, there are no extra costs.

Course Leader 

Emma Scourse runs the Bishopston antenatal classes. Her professional experience is a great resource for you both within your antenatal classes, and in the extra support she offers you in this exciting journey into parenthood. Whether via the class Facebook group – or private chats, if you have more personal questions, even between sessions.

Emma Scourse

Photo of Emma Scourse, Course Leader, Bishopston antenatal classes

Emma qualified as a midwife in 2016 and currently works as a rotational midwife. She 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 including Cossham and on delivery suite at Southmead.

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.

Venue for Bishopston antenatal classes

Photo of Horfield Baptist Church, venue for New Life Classes antenatal classes in Bishopston


Horfield Baptist Church
279 Gloucester Road
Bishopston, Bristol
(Entrance to venue: Brynland Avenue)

Free on street parking is available.

Antenatal class programme

Our course programme consists of six teaching sessions across a five-week period. Plus, a reunion after all the babies arrive. The course costs £249.

  • Session one: Understanding your third trimester
  • Session two: Labour – all your questions answered
  • Session three: Planning for the unexpected
  • Session four: Feeding your baby
  • Session five: Life changes with a baby!
  • Session six: Caring for your newborn
  • Session seven: Reunion

To find out more about the content of each session, please click here. Check out what our customers have to say about the classes on our testimonials page.

Upcoming Bishopston antenatal classes

August – September due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 8th June
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 10th June (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 15th June
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 22nd June
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 29th June
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 6th July

October – November due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 27th July
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 29th July (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 3rd August
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 10th August
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 17th August
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 24th August

November – December due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 14th September
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 16th September (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 21st September
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 28th September
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 5th October
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 12th October

January – February 2018 due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 2nd November
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 4th November (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 9th November
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 16th November
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 23rd November
19.00 – 21.00, Thursday, 30th November