Parentcraft sessions

Coroavirus Update

In light of current advice on limiting social contact we are cancelling all Antenatal classes at Homerton starting from 17 March until the 30 May. The situation will remain under review.

We are putting together a package of rescources (including sign-posting to high-quality information videos and websites, plus our Antenatal class slide show with a lot of Homerton specific information) which will be available on this page from the week of the 23 March. 

We apologise for the cancellation but are keen to make every effort to keep you all as safe as possible. As soon as it is possible to safely resume classes we will be in touch to let you know about the classes you have booked or to give you the opportunity to book if you haven't already.


During pregnancy, you will have time to think about your future as a parent and to consider some options for yourself and your baby, including decisions about the birth and about feeding your baby. We provide parent education classes to help you prepare for the birth and for parenthood. For details of where and when classes are held see below.

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby and we encourage women to breastfeed their babies and aim to support you to achieve this. Visit the caring for you and your baby section for more information about breastfeeding.

Parent education classes
Parent education sessions take place in the hospital Antenatal Clinic and are run by midwives. We recommended that you book onto the classes as soon as possible following your 12 week dating scan with the aim of starting the classes between 30 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. You can book by via the Eventbrite links given to you by your midwife. If you have any questions please email

The course consists of 3 sessions, covering:

  • Normal birth and pain relief
  • Variation of labour and birth
  • Postnatal care, postnatal depression, partner’s role and care of the baby; the crying baby and infant feeding

These sessions can be attended over three consecutive weeks or in one full day weekend session. 
For privacy and infection control reasons we do not offer routine group tours of the unit.

Place of Birth session
The place of birth session is an opportunity for you, at any stage of your pregnancy, to spend some time with a midwife discussing the places of birth that are available to you. 
At Homerton hospital the options include having your baby at home or in the hospital on the Birth Centre or Delivery Suite. At this session we can discuss which option might be most appropriate for you, and answer any questions you may have about our services.

The Place of Birth session is on the first Friday of each month, between 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Antenatal Clinic, no booking is required for this session. 

Birth after Caesarean section information session
If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and have had a previous baby by caesarean section, you may be interested in attending one of our information sessions where you can find out more about having a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). The session is run by a consultant obstetrician and a consultant midwife.

You will

  • meet other parents in a similar situation
  • have a chance to ask questions and find out your options for labour
  • increase your confidence through gaining more information
  • learn practical tips to keep labour normal – relaxation, breathing, positions