These 16-hours courses are carefully designed to give parents-to-be time to explore the many issues and questions that arise around pregnancy, birth and early parenthood as part of a friendly and supportive peer group.
Our aim is to help you make informed decisions during pregnancy and birth, communicate more effectively with health professionals and look forward to birth and early parenthood with confidence.
Each course is tailored to the needs of the individual group and topics typically covered include:
•The process and stages of labour
•Ways to make labour easier
•Belgian birth procedures
•Life as a family
The BCT's comprehensive Birth & Parenting course complements both physiotherapy sessions and a hospital class or visit. Sessions involve a mixture of discussion, information and practical activities in a relaxed small-group environment.
A postnatal reunion with all participants will also take place after all the babies have been born, helping you to develop a support and friendship network that continues long after the course ends.See what past participants say about our courses.
It is recommended to register for a course when you are three to four months pregnant, scheduled to begin at around 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. You can certainly register later in your pregnancy and we will do our best to accommodate you. We do strongly advise you to aim to finish your course by 38 weeks (for singletons) or 34 weeks (for multiples).
If you have any questions about the best course for your situation or can’t find any suitable courses, please first fill in the form and we will get back to you.
You can choose a course even if it says it’s full, as places can become available at any time. If you can’t make all the dates of any course, choose ones on which you will miss less than four hours. It’s fine for one parent-to-be to attend some sessions alone.
Unfortunately, it’s NOT possible to do some sessions on one course, and other sessions on other courses - each course is run by a different teacher, with a different format, and to meet the individual needs of the participants on that course.
Please use our online form to register. Select the course most suitable for your due date.
REGISTER HERE: ONLINE BOOKING FORM
Please note that there is no central office for course bookings. Booking clerks are volunteers working from home, so thank you for being patient and allowing a few days for a response.
First-time parents' course: €240 (plus €55 first-year membership fee for non-BCT members)
These costs remain the same for either a couple or for a single parent attending.
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Our courses are popular and usually fill up quickly.
If you would like to register your interest in a future course that's not yet scheduled, please select the future course option for both your choices on our online form.
We will get in touch with you as soon as a course is published.