Birth Preparation Testimonials


Marteen and Nigel’s Story

“During my pregnancy I had the usual anxieties about labour and breastfeeding, among others, that most mums to be experience.  Noreen, as our antenatal teacher, was always a calming, loving support to turn to with lots of patience and experience to share.

It was not a difficult decision to ask Noreen to be our doula, it seemed totally right and the most natural thing for me to have Noreen by my side along with my partner.  Her support and calmness during my natural birth were paramount in keeping me strong during labour and to give birth to my healthy smiley baby!  She was also a great support to my partner who was at times unsure of the process.  I my maternity notes it is noted how supportive Noreen was with me, offering me encouragement throughout my labour and keeping me going mentally and physically to the very end when, at times, I was close to giving up!

I honestly believe that without Noreen present at our daughter’s birth, the experience would have been quite different as the hospital was very busy and midwives were thin on the ground that day.  Having Noreen there gave us the support we needed to ensure my birth preferences were known and carried out to the best of their ability.   This ultimately facilitated the natural safe and loving birth of Mila Rose.  I would absolutely enlist again!”  Marteen Witts – July 2012

Emily & Ed’s Story

When myself and my husband first met Noreen we were blown away by her warmth and caring. She is truly passionate about what she does. Her calming nature, coupled with her knowledge, gave me the confidence to birth our baby in the way we wanted to. We cherished every birth preparation class and now we are expecting our 3rd she is the first person we look to for reassurance and advice. It is because of her support I look forward to my birthing experience. She gives us both strength and belief in ourselves and the ability of my body and mind. ”   Emily & Ed McKenzie



‘Noreen, we cannot thank you enough!  We loved your classes and feel you have instilled calm reassurance in us both to now look forward to the birth of our baby with renewed confidence and joy.  You are a very special and wise woman and we both feel so grateful to have met you on our journey to parenthood”  C and J – Bristol Couple


Our baby daughter is so pretty, has eyes like currants and is luscious!  Her Daddy can’t get enough cuddles.  For the record, we thought you are extremely lovely and a very helpful and nice person!  We loved our classes with you and can’t wait to catch up with you soon in person”  M & E – Bath Couple


Dear Noreen, thank you so much for everything.  We had our own perceptions of how an NCT Course might be and  you completely blew that out of the water.  You were warm, wise, unbiased and amazingly informed.  We learnt loads and had such fun along the way learning, discussing and debating with a lovely group.  We have also made some fantastic new friends.  You are a very skilled facilitator and we feel very lucky to have had you as our NCT Teacher.  We can’t wait for you to meet our gorgeous little daughter who was born in water last Thursday – needless to say,  we are madly in love in her!  Thank you from all three of us! xxx  C & B – Bath Couple


Thank you lovely lady.  I was a bit anxious to be honest coming to NCT as a medical professional who knew my baby was more than likely needing to be born by caesarean.  However I got so much out of the course in terms of knowledge, understanding and friendship and loved your relaxed, empowering and non judgmental style.  I am recommending you to everyone who has a bump! J – Bath Mother

“Just to say THANK YOU!  The NCT classes and your mentoring helped our little Aaeryn’s arrival go by smoothly.  We knew what to do and when, what situations might occur etc and that knowledge allowed us to ‘let go’ and let our instincts and bodies do what they were made to do!  It really was a WONDERFUL experience!  Thank you so very much xx”  S & E and Baby Aaeryn – Bradford on Avon


“Coming from South Africa we just assumed we would have a caesarean like so many of my friends and family.  After the very first session with you at our NCT course we were beginning to believe we had other options available to us and by the end of the course I was convinced I wanted to try for a more natural birth.  We feel so lucky to have not only had you as our NCT Antenatal Teacher, but also as our Doula.  When our daughter was born with me standing up and leaning over the bed with just a whiff of gas and air, I  felt so proud of myself.  Thank you for making the whole experience such a special one Noreen”  K & L – Bath Couple


Thank you so much Noreen for being such a calm and reassuring facilitator of our NCT Weekend Course.  I had read about being a little wary of NCT courses because of how medicalized they are perceived to be but that was not our experience at all and we came away feeling really positive and informed. A – Bristol 2018