Bristol: Downend

We run a programme of seven antenatal courses each year in Downend, 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

Violet is the course leader for our Downend 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.

Venue for Downend antenatal classes

photo of Downend Folk House, New Life Classes

Downend Folk House Association
Lincombe Barn
Overndale Road
BS16 2RW

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 Downend antenatal classes

July-August due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 24th May
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 27th May (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 31st May
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 7th June
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 14th June
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 21st June

September-October due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 5th July
11.00 – 15.00, Saturday, 8th July (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 12th July
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 19th July
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 26th July
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 2nd August

November-December due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 30th August
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 2nd September (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 6th September
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 13th September
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 20th September
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 27th September

December 2017 -January 2018 due dates

19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 18th October
10.00 – 14.00, Saturday, 21st October (Lunch is provided)
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 25th October
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 1st November
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 8th November
19.00 – 21.00, Wednesday, 15th November