Antenatal education

Antenatal education sessions help you make informed choices about your pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as promoting confidence in parenting skills. It gives you the opportunity to think about the relationship with your developing baby during pregnancy and in the early weeks, months and years of life.

If you are a low risk, first time expectant mother, and suitable for midwife-led care, you will automatically be referred to the Getting Ready for Baby Programme at booking. All other expectant mothers will be offered the Antenatal Education Programme in the Maternity Hospital.

Getting Ready for Baby Programme

The Getting Ready for Baby Programme is part of the Early Intervention Transformation Programme and supports parents to give their baby the best start in life.

A small team of midwives and midwifery support workers will deliver your antenatal care alongside group-based antenatal education throughout your pregnancy. This ensures continuity of care by the same team of midwives.

The Getting Ready for Baby Programme uses the Solihull approach, which promotes:

  • a strong foundation for secure attachment
  • positive mental health for both parents and baby
  • a strong focus on baby brain development

Your appointment times will be posted out to you. The venues and dates vary according to your due date and where you live.

Please view the Getting Ready for Baby leaflet.

This video by the Getting Ready for Baby team offers advice on how to cope with early labour at home:

Address and contact details

For further information, please contact:

Getting Ready for Baby team
The Flat, Ballyowen House
Ballyowen Complex
179 Andersonstown Road
BT11 9EA

Tel: 028 9504 1134

Office hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
If no one is available, please leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you.

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    Antenatal Parenting Group Programme

    A team of midwives and other health professionals host these relaxed and informal group sessions. They are held in the evening in the Maternity Hospital.

    One to one sessions can be arranged if the group setup is not appropriate.

    The programme of four sessions starts when you are about 16 weeks pregnant. Download the Antenatal Parenting Group Programme leaflet.

    Session one

    You will get a date for session one at your booking appointment

    A date for session one will be given to you at your booking visit or you can contact the Antenatal Education Team on 028 9063 3293.

    Sessions two, three and four

    These sessions are normally booked after your anomaly scan at 20 weeks of pregnancy. You can call the Antenatal Education Team on 028 9063 3293.

    Breastfeeding workshop

    This is a two hour interactive session to help prepare you for breastfeeding. It offers practical advice and information on how to start feeding and emphasises the importance of skin to skin contact.

    Twins and multiple birth evening

    This is a session for parents who are expecting twins or more. It includes a talk from a specialist obstetrician and discussions with representatives from Twins Trust and Tiny Life. To arrange a date, please call 028 9063 3293.

    Birth preferences

    You may wish to record your birth preferences in your maternity hand held record.


    For further information on the antenatal education programme, please contact Marie Quinn, Antenatal Education Coordinator, on 077 4053 9598.