The BCT runs antenatal courses throughout the year for first-time parents as well as for those expecting second or subsequent children.
•Open to all expectant parents
•Qualified and experienced prenatal teachers
•Opportunity to meet others and build a support network
•All in English
The courses are designed to give pregnant women and their partners information and practical tools to help them make informed decisions during the process of pregnancy and birth, to communicate more confidently with health professionals and to cope with the challenges of early parenthood.
The classes involve a mixture of discussion, information and practical activities in a relaxed environment and can help parents-to-be develop a support and friendship network that continues long after the course ends and the babies arrive.
Courses are normally attended by up to eight mothers-to-be, with or without their partners.
Courses are designed for couples and single parents alike. Mothers- or fathers-to-be are welcome to attend sessions on their own. Pregnant women may choose to be accompanied by a family member or a friend.
Enquiries are very welcome from non-members. Membership is required only at the point of finally confirming your place on a course.
The courses take place in a variety of venues: at the teachers’ homes on the Eastern outskirts of Brussels; or at the BCT Clubhouse in Ixelles.
Once you are enrolled on a course, you will be informed of the exact venues when your prenatal teacher first contacts you – usually about one month before the course starts.
Our Prenatal teachers have outstanding professional experience and hold an antenatal education diploma, for instance a UK University Diploma of Higher Education in Antenatal Education. Karen is also associate lecturer at NCT/University of Worcester.
All of them are mothers who have lived and worked abroad with their families for many years. They are not medically qualified, so they do not offer medical advice. Parents are asked to take any questions about the medical care of mother and baby to their gynaecologist, midwife or doctor.
All our prenatal teachers keep up to date with the latest developments in maternity care.