Welcome to The Baby Academy

We run 1-day antenatal classes to help first-time expectant parents slice through the overwhelming amount of content around pregnancy and early parenthood. We understand that becoming a parent for the first time can leave you wondering where to start. Knowing that the parents of today lead busy lives, we have designed a convenient 1-day antenatal class to bring you right up to scratch, with Baby First Aid included as part of the class at no extra charge. We provide the Mums and Dads of today with the most up-to-date and evidence-based information, whilst leaving you in control of making your own decisions.

The Baby Academy Antenatal Class

The ultimate antenatal class for expectant couples in their second or third trimester of pregnancy!
This 1-day class takes place on a Saturday. The class de-mystifies the journey through pregnancy by showing you what to expect through labour, birth and early parenthood. We believe that Baby First Aid is one of the most important things you can learn as an expectant parent, so unlike other antenatal classes we’ve included it as part of the class at no extra cost.

Fees: €195 per couple

We are delighted to announce that you can claim a refund of 25%-100% back on this class via health insurance depending on your policy. We can calculate your refund entitlement for you.

Claim a refund with your health insurance

We are happy to calculate your refund entitlement for you, which may be anything from 25%-100%. Simply send us the name of your insurance plan by clicking here.

Refunds are offered by:

Either the mother or partner’s policy can be used, with the exception of Laya who only accept the mother’s policy (which in most cases entitles the you to a 100% refund). The process for getting your refund is very simple. When you pay the fees we issue you with a receipt, that includes the information the insurance company requires. You send this receipt to your insurance company, who will then issue you with the relevant refund.

A New and Convenient Baby Academy

We understand that the parents of today lead busy lives, so we have designed convenient 1-day antenatal classes that take place on Saturdays. It is our aim to provide you with knowledge, confidence and peace of mind.

Outstanding Education from Experts

Great education all start with one thing: great teaching. So we went on a mission to find the most well-loved and passionate instructors. Our team of midwives are leading experts in their field and ensure you leave our antenatal class armed with the knowledge you need to make your own decisions.

Supportive, unbiased and fun

At our antenatal classes, we bring together expectant parents, whose babies are due around the same time. Working passionately and thoughtfully, we ensure parents feel relaxed and are prepared for the life-changing journey ahead, and gain a brand new set of friends to share it with.

Meet the Family

As well as our antenatal class, we also run 1-day Hypnobirthing Classes, 2-hour Parent First Aid classes, as well as corporate workshops. Our dedicated team of passionate instructors are excited to empower you on your parenthood journey.


Susan Hogan

Co-Founder and Midwife


Jean Rooney

Midwife and Antenatal Instructor


Fiona Dillon

Midwife and Lactation Consultant


Erica Hargaden

Sleep Consultant


Aisling Killoran

Hypnobirthing Instructor


Louise May

Midwife and Antenatal Instructor

Niamh Gaffney

Niamh Gaffney

Paediatric First Aid Instructor


Irene Lowry


Elaine O'Rourke

Elaine O’Rourke

Paediatric First Aid Instructor

We also run separate Hypnobirthing and Parent First Aid Classes

The Baby Academy Hypnobirthing Class

This 1-day class is for expectant parents

This course is designed to reduce fear and build confidence surrounding birth. Using techniques such as breathing and visualisation, the aim is to maximise your chances of having a calm, comfortable labour and birth, with as little discomfort as possible (or no discomfort at all!). Full day class for just €195 per couple.

Parent First Aid Class

This 3-hour class is for both expectant and existing parents, as well as grandparents and minders

The feedback we get from parents is that their biggest fear is not knowing what to do in an emergency! This Paediatric First Aid class prepares you for emergency medical situations, such as CPR and choking, should they arise. A Parent First Aid class is a must for all new parents to help you feel confident and equipped! All our Parent First Aid classes take place on Saturdays and run from 9.30am-12.30pm.

€69 per person

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Support Service

Whilst we hope your pregnancy, birth and parenthood are a positive experience, we understand that pregnancy and life after a new born can be difficult for some. The Baby Academy has partnered with Nurture Health, a nationwide counselling service, delivering immediate, timely and affordable counselling supports surrounding conception, pregnancy, childbirth and other related difficulties.

Collectively, we understand that pregnancy and life after a new born can be difficult for some and this partnership hopes to break the silence around this by helping women and their partners. The areas of wellbeing supported are: (i) Depression in Pregnancy (ii) Postnatal Depression (iii) Premature Babies (iv) Traumatic Birth (v) IVF (vi) Miscarriage (vii) Loss of a Baby (viii) Plus other related life choices such as non judgmental support around a termination

For more information and support, please visit www.nurturehealth.ie

Nurture Health

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