In my excitement of finding out I was pregnant with my first child, I eagerly booked into my local NCT class, the free hospital course and a private Antenatal class. Yes, I did 3 as I didn’t want to miss out on any potential friendships (wasn’t too worried about the information!)
Anyway, if Bump & Baby Club had been around in 2010, I would have certainly just signed up with them. They are the largest independent provider of antenatal classes in London and the number one alternative to the NCT and would have ticked all the boxes in one.
Currently operating in 29 locations across the capital – about 4,000 people pass through their doors each year!
Let’s find out more from Alex Kohansky, who founded Bump & Baby Club.
Why did you start Bump & Baby Club?
Becoming a parent is one of the most extraordinary and emotional times of your life, and sharing the transition with a group of people who are going through the same thing as you, at the same time, is incredibly special. I experienced it myself when my husband and I took antenatal classes during my first pregnancy.
It inspired me to set up the company and I noticed that there was a real need for unbiased, evidence-based antenatal education, that was high in quality.
There’s so much information out there and I was keen to find a way to deliver it in a way that would appeal to modern parents-to-be.
Who is it Bump & Baby Club for?
Our antenatal and hypnobirthing courses are for anyone looking for a relaxed, straightforward and unbiased preparation for parenthood.
We attract a very sociable crowd and most of our groups go on to become great friends, which we love!
What’s next for Bump & Baby Club?
We’re working on increasing the number of classes we run each year and expanding to new London locations too. One day we might expand outside of the capital, but our priority is to maintain the highest level of teaching – excellent instructors take time to find, and the search for them sets the pace of our growth. Offering ancillary services might be something we consider as well.
Where are your courses?
We’re currently in 29 fantastic areas of London – and each one has lots of character.
North of the River we’re in Fulham, Notting Hill, Queen’s Park, Hampstead / West Hampstead, Belsize Park / Primrose Hill, Kentish Town / Tufnell Park, Mill Hill, Finchley, Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Islington, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow, Hackney.
And South of the River you’ll find us in Greenwich, Blackheath, Brockley, East Dulwich, West Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Clapham, Balham, Tooting, Battersea, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Putney, Richmond and Twickenham.
Find a venue near you…
Website : Babycentre
Shop : JoJo Maman Bebe
Restaurant : Dishoom (especially the calamari)
Hotel : The Pig, Brockenhurst (New Forest)
Holiday Destination : California
Parenting Tip : Trust your instincts but don’t hesitate to seek support if you feel you need it