Antenatal classes

Our expert maternity team at St Mary’s Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, delivers several antenatal and postnatal courses. The courses have been shaped by the insights of our midwives, physiotherapists and doctors. Empower yourself, and your birth partner, with information to support your recovery and growth as a new parent.

All of our courses are offered free of charge. However, donations to Poppy’s Fund, Imperial Health Charity’s fund for our maternity services, are most welcome. Donations to Poppy’s Fund help us purchase specialist equipment, improve the hospital environment, offer additional support for families, and more.

Courses are available to people booked to have their babies at Imperial College Healthcare, and their birth partners. If you book onto a course but you are not registered to have your baby with us, we reserve the right to cancel your ticket.  

PRISM: Six-week online antenatal course

Preparation Recovery Inspiration and Support for Motherhood (PRISM) is an online course for women registered for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s maternity services. The course reflects the different perspectives that parents, their families and caregivers may have, and brings these perspectives together to support each new parent’s journey.

The course compromises of six sessions delivered online over six weeks. It is led by consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Karen Joash and consultant midwife Susan Barry. Each session will cover a different topic related to giving birth, your recovery, caring for your new baby, and supporting your mental wellbeing:

  • Session one: Antenatal care
  • Session two: Preparation for birth
  • Session three: Birth on the labour ward
  • Session four: Postnatal care
  • Session five: Neonatal care
  • Session six: Positive psychology

Sessions are held every Thursday from 10.00 to 12.00. You are welcome to register for an individual session or book into all six.

Course workbook and additional resources

The webinar is delivered using Microsoft Teams and there is an opportunity to ask questions at each event. You will also receive a digital workbook to support you to capture any questions you’d like to ask our midwives before each session.

You will also gain access to additional videos which will reinforce information from the online sessions. To get the greatest benefit from the course, it is best to attend the live sessions and use the videos to reinforce information you may wish to summarise after the sessions.

Who can attend?

The PRISM course is for people who are at least 28 weeks’ pregnant. Places are limited, to secure your place please register a few weeks in advance.

How to book

Book your place here. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email with a link to access your first session.

Online workshop: Feeding your baby

'Feeding your baby' is an online session led by the infant feeding team, experts in providing a patient and creative approach towards breastfeeding support.



The two-hour workshop compromises of a range of topics including, but not excluded, to:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • How to breastfeed
  • Challenges with breastfeeding and how to troubleshoot
  • Colostrum harvesting
  • How to express
  • How to choose appropriate formula milk if you’re wishing to formula feed

Who can attend?

The feeding workshop is for people who are at least 28 weeks’ pregnant.

How to book

Find out more and book your place here. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email with a link to access your first session.

Information session on antenatal screening in pregnancy

During this hour-long online workshop, Dr Dagmar Tapon, genetic counsellor, will answer your questions regarding screening during pregnancy.

The hour-long online workshop will cover:

  • the early ultrasound scan 
  • combined screening for chromosome conditions
  • invasive testing, such as amniocentesis
  • the new non-invasive blood test (NIPT) such as HarmonyTM or PanoramaTM.

Who can attend?

The antenatal screening session is for people who have recently found out they are pregnant.

How to book

Please ask your midwife for more information on how to book this workshop.

Information session on antenatal screening, fetal scans and fetal monitoring

This course is delivered by experts in fetal medicine who include fetal medicine consultants. They will help you to understand the role of monitoring in pregnancy and what it means.

Who can attend?

This session is for parents who have been told they may need additional scans and monitoring throughout their pregnancies.

How to book

For more information about the workshop, ask the midwives in your next PRISM session. 

Preparing for natural childbirth

Join us online to learn about the benefits of natural birth, building positive expectancy, and the empowering nature of physiological labour pain.

Who can attend?

This session is for anyone who plans to give birth with minimal medical interventions.

How to book

Please ask your midwife for more information on how to book this workshop.

Additional support

Maternity Voices Partnership

The Maternity Voices Partnership is a community of women who are either going to give birth or have given birth through our services. We occasionally hold workshops to provide a space where women can share their experiences with the service, meet other women and let our team know how we can improve the quality of services you receive.

Email the Maternity Voices Partnership team at imperialmaternityvoices@gmail.com to join the next online session.

Pregnancy Loss Support

The early pregnancy unit at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital has a support group for women and their partners who may wish to talk and connect with others who have had similar experiences.

For more information and to register your place contact juanita@miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Join our online communities

Follow @imperialmaternity on Instagram for regular insights and key updates from our midwives and lead consultants, and to find out more about our Maternity Voices Partnership. Hear more about the experiences of other women who have used our services and work with our staff members to get involved in shaping the future of our maternity departments.