The Birth Preparation Company was founded by ourselves, Andrea and Jo. As well as being mothers, we are both practising midwives with years of experience.
We love our jobs and feel very passionate about preparing expectant parents for the journey through labour, birth and early parenthood by providing them with unbiased, practical and up-to-date information.
We aim to prepare you for any eventuality that might happen along this exciting journey of becoming parents. We hope that after attending one of our courses you will feel confident and prepared for whichever direction your journey takes you.Learn More
We offer you birth preparation classes with a difference. Run by experienced practising midwives, our courses are relaxed, open, honest and non-judgmental and include everything you need to know for your labour, birth and early days with your baby.Antenatal Classes
Hello, we are Andrea and Jo, two friends who met whilst studying midwifery at the University of East Anglia in Norwich,Norfolk. Together we have had the privilege to support countless women and their families through their pregnancies, labours and births, as well as providing advice and support through the postnatal period.
Jo is a mum of two boys and a community midwife who provides all aspects of midwifery care including antenatal and postnatal clinics, home visits and home births. Jo is extremely passionate about natural birthing, breastfeeding and also specialises in pregnancies where patients may suffer with mental health issues.
Andrea is a mum of two young boys, a midwife and an IAIM baby massage instructor. She works in a hospital setting in all areas of maternity care, mostly at the Midwife led birthing unit (MLBU), but also on Delivery suite, in Antenatal clinic, both antenatal and postnatal wards, as well as attending home births.
Jo & Andrea are absolutely incredible! There's no sugar coating how scary the thought of labour and a newborn can be but they're brilliant at helping you feel at ease and confident! They also make such an effort at making dads feel included, as especially during Covid there has been a lack of support for dads-to-be.
Myself and my husband attended the antenatal classes with Jo and Andrea. They were completely invaluable to us. We learnt about everything from early labour, active labour, pain relief options, induction, what to expect if things don’t go quite to plan as well as feeding options and what to do in the early days when you bring baby home. The sessions were packed full of useful and practical information and I can honestly say that I have learnt so much. The sessions were really relaxed and enjoyable and I was able to ask any questions that sprung to mind. Jo and Andrea were so helpful, friendly, supportive and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this course to anyone expecting a baby!
Andrea and Jo have been amazing. Myself and my partner are first time parents and the advice we received in the classes was so valuable to us. We have learnt so much from them and it has certainly put my partner and I more at ease. They are such informative and fun classes even though we had to do them through Zoom. We would highly recommend the classes. Thanks for your support. x
I cannot recommend this company enough. I am a first time mum during the pandemic and didn't have a clue what to expect during my pregnancy, birth and beyond. Although we had to have our antenatal classes on Zoom due to covid, Andrea and Jo were fantastic. They covered everything from labour, delivery, pain relief, feeding, what to expect in the hospital and at home after the baby is born, just to name a few of the topics.
I honestly finished the 4 weeks feeling confident and ready for my baby's arrival. Jo and Andrea are brilliant teachers and having lessons from both a community midwife and a midwife who works in the hospital was invaluable.
Thank you both for a great 4 weeks.
Andrea and Jo provide an amazingly thorough course covering everything you need to know. Because of lockdown this unfortunately had to be over Zoom, but I don't think this compromised the quality of the course or the ability to connect with the other participants one bit. The small group meant we were able to chat with each other very easily. They provided us with a pack that included a weighted doll, sling, nappy, wooly boob etc. so that you can still learn in a hands on way. I also think that as midwives at the NNUH they provide extra insight into the actual process of what will happen specific to Norwich. I had done a lot of reading and research, but it's only after this course that I actually feel confident and excited for it to happen!
My wife signed us up for four sessions with Jo and Andrea in Strumpshaw. I've been informed and entertained from start to finish, with well pitched information from a couple of clearly knowledgeable professionals. I thought I was pretty clued up after reading some books and listening to friends' anecdotes and experiences, but I now realise nothing beats getting it straight from the experts. I certainly recommend this course.
Andrea was the most amazing in bringing our little girl into the world in December, she was truly incredible, as were all the staff at MLBU. We can't thank you enough. We had a real laugh with Andrea, not that you would expect to be laughing in the situation but she was so lovely and funny we had a real giggle feeling so relaxed, we'll never forget her and what she did for us that night. I've had a real fear of birth for as long as I can remember and put it off for years, but Andrea completely changed that, and has now changed our lives by bringing our little girl into the world. We'll never be able to thank her enough, so cannot recommend these ladies and what they do highly enough! ❤ xx