Expert Antenatal Classes

Preparing Mothers & Birthing Partners To Feel Confident, Calm & In Control
Course Introduction

Irish Academy of Antenatal Education

Antenatal education is in an essential component of antenatal care and the preparation for labour, birth and parenthood. International best evidence suggests that women and their partners that attend antenatal education in preparation for their birth feel more in control and have a more positive birthing experience.

The Irish Academy of Antenatal Education recognises the importance of education and have designed a unique and comprehensive programme that will provide you and your partner with the knowledge and skills to support you through your labour, birth and transition to parenthood. Our antenatal classes are taught by two highly experienced midwives and birth educators, ensuring expectant parents are provided with the most up-to-date, evidenced based, information, whilst facilitating for all types for adult learners.

Antenatal Classes Overview

Course Costs & Dates

Training Location Information

Antenatal Class Overview

Our classes will provide you with the essential education and information that you will need for empowered decision making for your birth and parenting. This education will assist you in how to become actively engaged in all aspects of your care and provide you with knowledge on a wide range of choices. These choices include holistic and medical options helping you to remain central to your birthing experience.

The philosophy of the Irish Academy of Antenatal Education is to ensure that through the provision of up to date evidence based information, education and a variety of facilitation methods, women and their birthing partners feel prepared, confident, calm and in control of their birthing experience.

Practical parenting will be a key element of the classes in which parents will learn how to care for their newborn with emphasis on infant feeding, attachment, bonding and relationship building. Another key element of our education focuses on parental health and wellbeing.

Undisturbed Birth gives us the space to follow our instincts and to find our own rhythm in an atmosphere of support and trust”

(Dr. Sarah Buckley)

Why Choose The Irish Academy of Antenatal Education

We appreciate there are a number of antenatal classes in Dublin and it can be hard to decide which offering bests suits your needs. Antenatal education is one of the most important investments that you can make for your baby, but why should you choose the Irish Academy of Antenatal Education?

Put simply our course is one of the most up-to-date, evidence lead courses you will find in Ireland. Our trainers recognise that Antenatal Education is one of the most important investments you can ever make for you and your baby and the profound impact this education and the experience of your birth can have on the rest of your lives. They have both invested years into their personal and professional development and have designed a class for you of the highest quality education and preparation for birth and parenting.  This course is extremely detailed, rewarding and will empower you and your partner through this incredibly important journey of your life.

Preparing For Antenatal Classes

Some parents find it useful to bring with them a notebook and pen. Water and light refreshments, tea & coffee will be provided on the day. For lunch the Clayton Hotel offers all class attendees 10% discount in their restaurants, alternatively there are a number of cafes in the local area.

Please Note the time of class: 09:15am to 17:15 pm.

It is advised to wear comfortable clothing and, if possible, bring your own pillow and birthing ball. If you have questions before you arrive on the day please feel free to call 087 097 1075 or email

topics covered on the one-day antenatal education course


The Third Trimester

Winding Down And Preparing Your Body For Birth



Understanding Active Birth

Movement & Exercise Preparing for Active Birth

The Role of The Birthing/Support Partner

Packing Your Bags

Preparing Your Birth Preferences

Labour & Birth

Understanding how your body works in labour and Birth

The Stages of Labour

Signs of labour

The Role of Hormones

Movement and Support

Protecting the Birth Environment

Keeping Birth Undisturbed

Coping Strategies /Pain Relief

Normal Birth

Assisted Birth/Induction

Caesarean Birth


The Early Days after Birth

Feeding and Winding

Nappy Changing


Safe Sleeping

Practical Parenting

Bonding and Attachment

Infant Mental Health and Development

Transition to Parenthood

Parental Wellbeing

Social Supports


How Breastfeeding Works

Understanding How Breast Milk Is Made

The Importance Of Skin To Skin Contact

Undisturbed Breastfeeding

Signs Of Effective Feeding

Resolving Common Problems

Expressing Your Breast Milk

Breastfeeding Out And About

Partners Role In Supporting The Breastfeeding Mother

Breastfeeding Support In The Community

Course Dates & Times

Classes are conveniently run over one day on either Saturday and Sunday for ease of access. Each course starts at 09.15am and finishes at 5.15pm. Places are limited as we like to keep classes reasonably small and intimate as this helps facilitate a more rewarding and focused session for the participants. We therefore recommend booking your place as soon as possible via our Eventbrite booking systems. Simply click on your preferred date below to start the booking process.

Course Costs

The cost of the course is €195 per couple, or €180 per single person, and can be booked online. As we are registered midwives, part of the cost may be reclaimed from your health insurer depending on your level of cover. All payments are made via our Eventbrite booking page. Please see our terms and conditions when booking.

Click on your preferred date below to book your class

2019 Course Dates

Saturday 21st September

Sunday 23rd November

2020 Course Dates

Saturday 18th January

Saturday 29th February

Sunday 22nd March

Sunday 26th April

Saturday 23rd May

Saturday 13th June

“Labouring Women Aren’t The Only Ones Going Through a Deep Transformation. Partners Also Go Through Powerful Inner Changes When a Baby is Born”

(Ina May Gaskin)

The Clayton Hotel, Dublin 2

It is well documented that people learn better when in an environment that is comfortable. This is important to the academy, so we have chosen a beautiful setting for the facilitation of antenatal classes in the Clayton Hotel, Charlemont Street, in Dublin city on the banks of the canal.

Getting To The Location & Parking

The Clayton Hotel, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 is situated overlooking Dublin’s Grand Canal and is easily accessible by public transport, by car or on foot.

Parking: There is limited parking in the hotel but this is often reserved for hotel residents. There is a Q-car park about 10 to 12 minutes walk from the hotel or there is ample free on-street parking available in close proximity to the hotel.

Luas: The hotel is located a 2 minute walk from Charlemont Luas station on the green Luas line. The green line connects the south side of the city from Cherrywood, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dundrum shopping centre, Ranelagh to St. Stephen’s Green.

Buses: The are a number of buses which bring you close to the hotel. The main ones being the 46A, 14, 15, 15A, 15B, 16, 49 & 65. Please see for more information.

“It is an amazing transformation that can take place in people when they find out the strength of birth and what an amazing source of information and inspiration it can be. It affects your life forever more

(Ina May Gaskin)

Download The Irish Academy Of Antenatal Education Leaflet

Where Would You Like To Go Next


Reserve your place on one of our courses. All bookings are made through our Eventbrite pages


Expert facilitators, Professional Midwives, Birth Educators & Lactation Consultant


Amazing parenting stories and top tips from our experts to help expectant parents