Complete Active Birth Weekend Course

antenatal classes in North London

Course Dates 2017

1st/2nd April 2017  10:00 – 5.30 FULL  – See note below for extra April workshop

13th and 20th April 7.00 – 9.30pm  Due to great demand for these courses we have scheduled an extra Active Birth Workshop over two thursday evenings (essential to attend both). Teacher Jill Miller. Venue Active Birth Centre, Cost £95 per person. Booking email only

24th/25th June 2017  10:00 – 5.30  Book Online

14th/15th Oct 2017  10:00 – 5.30  Book Online

9th/10th Dec 2017  10:00 – 5.30  Book Online

More about the weekend course

This two-day course is held over select weekends at the Active Birth Centre from 10.00am – 5.30pm.

£190 per person/£380 per couple to include the course handbook.

* Special Antenatal Classes Package * – Save £100 per person!

Active Birth plus Hypnobirthing! This combination of our two iconic birth preparation courses will give you everything you need for a wonderful, empowered birth experience. Book the Complete Active Birth Weekend Course together with a Hypnobirthing Weekend Course for just £285 per person / £570 per couple. (£100 discount per person/£200 discount per couple) To book for both courses at the special rate please call or email us.  Email:, or Call: 0208 3610124 or 0207 2816760.  For one course only you can book online.

Please note: During July, August and September 2017 there are no Active Birth weekend courses.  Janet will be offering private Active Birth Sessions during this time. (see below).

We  recommend that you attend Pregnancy Yoga Classes with Janet Balaskas in addition to these courses to have the opportunity to practice the relaxation and breathing techniques regularly and up to your due date.

Private Active Birth Sessions

Janet offers private Active Birth Preparation classes at her home consulting room in East Barnet.  These may be for individuals or couples with content tailored to suit your needs, over one or more sessions lasting up to 4 hours. Although attending the course is preferable, if you are unable to do this, a lot of time and repetition is saved in a focused private session, so that one session is usually sufficient.  Janet will discuss with you how many hours you need on booking.  You will be given guidance for practice at home.

Individual session:  Up to 4 hours based on an hourly rate of £95 per person/£110 per couple. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to confirm your booking and the rest is payable at the session.

Bookings by arrangement with Janet:


Call: 0208 3610124 or 0207 2816760

More about the Complete Active Birth Weekend Course

After the birth of our son at UCLH Birth Centre the midwives asked if I had done an Active Birthing course as the labour was “text book”. Even though he was back-to -back and the labour was intense, we fully employed everything we had learnt with you and managed a wonderful water birth.

You have a wonderful presence, a calming, beautiful sense about you. I am so happy I found your classes – they gave me the tools for a birth experience I did not imagine to be possible. Without the benefit of all the knowledge we gained, I feel that events might have taken over. It was clear when we walked into the hospital that we knew what we were talking about.

This Active Birth Weekend Course will leave you confident, well informed and brilliantly prepared for your baby’s birth. These antenatal classes are recommended by midwives, doulas and hundreds of parents, these two days are inspirational as well as highly practical. The course is taught by Janet Balaskas and Jill Benjoya Miller, who is a very experienced senior Active Birth Teacher, professional trainer and also a doula.

Preparing for a natural Active Birth

Our first aim is to give you all the resources you need for a natural Active Birth. The focus is on body learning, with plenty of practice of labour and birth positions, breathing, relaxation, massage and guidance for the partner. These antenatal classes teach birth physiology in an experiential way that you will not find elsewhere. You will develop understanding of how to access and awaken your instincts and innate reflexes for giving birth. This in turn will have a profound influence on your mind – creating a positive mindset and a feeling of confidence and trust in what your body can do. You will find that you can apply techniques you have learned in Pregnancy Yoga or on our HypnoBirthing courses with a deeper sense of the way your body, your baby, your uterus and pelvis are magnificently designed for birthing. This is hugely empowering.

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Knowing what to do if plans change

We want to help you to enjoy a calm, joyful and safe birth in any circumstances. Many courses focus too much on complications and hospital procedures or place an unrealistic emphasis on natural birth.  This course strikes the balance, empowering you to first trust your body and reduce the likelihood of intervention, and to be informed and open-minded. If plans need to change, you will be ready to work with your midwifery and medical support team and make wise decisions and apply Active Birth Principles in combination with medical support.

Dads-to-be and Birth Partners

A great strength of this course is what it offers for partners. These days the partner is usually the main support person at birth, with little or no training. Unprepared, this can be a daunting prospect. Partners tell us they enjoy the common sense approach and their own participation, and are surprised how much they learn. Most importantly they leave with a new confidence in the instinctual abilities of both mother and baby, and feel more enrolled in the pregnancy and empowered to be present at the birth.

This course goes really well with Janet’s Pregnancy Yoga Classes

The course was an unforgettable experience as a father,  little did I know that the last half hour when you showed us how to ‘catch’ the baby in case the birth happened quickly would come true. I’m so thankful I knew what to do in an emergency and the midwives were very impressed!



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