About

If you know nothing about birth or babies and want knowhow from experienced practising midwives, these classes are designed for you.

We have been helping new parents get clued up about birth and babies since 2003. The Knowledge Antenatal Classes give reliable, current, practical help to Learner Parents. A major key to having a good birth experience is getting good quality information; you can’t choose what you would like if you don’t know what your choices are.

We love running our classes and between us we have many years of midwifery experience. The least that you deserve is the best that we can give.

Having a baby is a powerful emotional and physical experience. Sadly, a lot of media coverage of birth is focussed on emergencies and horror stories. Even friends who are already mothers can sometimes make you frightened by telling their birth stories with added drama. For the vast majority of women, the reality is different.

Many pregnant women turn up to classes desperately hoping that somebody will give them the key to getting through the experience without feeling traumatised, that there will be some good news. We understand that is usually our starting point when you walk into our classes.

To get the best from the maternity healthcare services, you and your support partner need to know what is on offer and what choices you have. If you are well informed and feel involved in decision making, you will be able to hold your birth experience in your memory as a wonderful, emotional and powerful time.

With the right information given by the right people, you will learn that you can do it and have a good understanding of what is available, and you will feel much less vulnerable.

We are parent-friendly, practical, non-judgemental, working midwives. We have worked in maternity, in hospitals, clinics and the community for many years.

We also know that once your baby is here, you will want some practical advice on how to look after him or her, so basic early days newborn care is part of the course too.

You will also learn essential Baby & Child Emergency Life Support Skills, basic first aid for newborns and older children from a hugely experienced Senior Resuscitation Officer; you can also book grandparents and others who may be helping to care for your baby onto this session.

Would you like The Knowledge about babies and birth and to make a booking for the next class? If so, then Contact us where we’ll be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.

  • Sarah Denning BSc (Hons)

    Registered Midwife

    Sarah completed her midwifery degree in 2001 after having three children of her own, fulfilling a long-held ambition to become a midwife.

    She is experienced in all areas of midwifery, and until May 2009 worked as an NHS midwife on the labour ward; she now runs The Birth Team with obstetrician and gynaecologist Richard Sheridan at Spire Bushey Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in West London.

    Sarah runs The knowledge Antenatal classes because she believes that top quality pregnancy and birth information given by approachable, experienced midwives is vital to give parents to be the knowledge they need to get the best from their maternity health services during this important time.

    Sarah is passionate about midwifery and the importance of giving information, choice and confidence to families during pregnancy, birth and the first days at home with a new baby.

  • Susan Higginbotham RN, RM

    Registered Midwife

    Sue has worked in the midwifery profession for the whole of her career, beginning her Registered Nurse training in 1979, and qualifying as a midwife in 1984.

  • Helena Nash

    Midwife, RM

    Helena qualified with a First Class Midwifery degree in 2000. Helena has experience within all areas of midwifery, from helping to establish a low risk birthing unit, working to support women and their families at home in the community and as a lead coordinator in a busy high risk maternity unit.

    Helena currently works as a Practice Development Midwife, which allows her to work both clinically and in an educational role, using her wealth of experience to teach and support midwives and doctors within the hospital setting. Helena holds additional professional qualifications, ALSO, PROMPT, and NALS.

    Helena is passionate about midwifery, and places the mother and family at the very centre of her care. She is an experienced midwife who has been working with the Birth Team for over 3 years. She has cared for many clients for their consecutive pregnancies, and thoroughly enjoys returning to support their transition to a bigger family.

    Helena is happily married with two young children, who love that mummy works to make ‘other people mummies’!