private antenatal CLASSES

High Quality    |    Expert-Led    |    Evidence- based

dr ellie rayner

Obstetrician    |    Antenatal Teacher    |    Hypnobirthing Instructor

The Maternity Collective is delighted to provide the only Hypnobirthing Antenatal and Birth Preparation Classes led by an Obstetrician in the South-West. 

Combing her expert knowledge as a practicing NHS Obstetric Doctor and having been personally trained and qualified in Hypnobirthing by Katharine Graves, Dr Ellie Rayner offers bespoke private, fully comprehensive antenatal and birth preparation classes that support all methods of birth, using the most up-to-date, evidence-based information to support you to have a positive and empowering birth experience. 

Courses are available Online via Zoom or in the South Devon (Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth) area in either your own or Dr Rayner's home.

Dr Eleanor Rayner BMBS  MRCOG  PgDip Med Ed  PgCert Health Serv Improv  FHEA  DipHB (KGH)

Dr Ellie Rayner understands that every woman and pregnancy is unique and that some expectant parents may prefer a more personalised, bespoke class, that can focus on the areas of most interest to them and their personal circumstances. As a qualified hypnobirthing practitioner, Dr Rayner can equip you with the tools for a calm and comfortable birth and the knowledge and confidence to make informed and empowered decisions and prepare you for every eventuality. Hypnobirthing not for you? No problem, during a private course, you can tailor the sessions to suit your own Birth Preferences and get the answers to all of your questions from a source you can trust. 

Private online session are available via Zoom or Private face-to-face classes are available within the Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth surrounding area and can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home, Dr Rayner's or a suitable alternative setting. 

Sessions can be entirely personalised to your situation and could involve a small group of friends for a more intimate class if preferred. Private classes also allow you to have as many birth partners at the session as you would like, enabling everyone who is going to support you during labour and birth to be present to answer any questions you have.


Classes should be undertaken anytime from 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards. If you are planning on hypnobirthing, the earlier you start the longer time you have to practice the all important techniques. 

Private Courses with Dr Ellie Rayner, Obstetrician, Cost £495 per couple - times and dates can be decided together and also includes full access to The Maternity Collective's Compete Online Antenatal Course, course notes booklet, access to private facebook page and birth plan templates. You will also have access to a follow up telephone consult around your due date to answer any final questions or discuss any final birth preferences. Dr Ellie Rayner only takes on two couples per month to ensure enough time and support is available for you. These spaces are limited so please email for latest availability and to reserve you space.  

sessions include:

- The anatomy and physiology of labour and birth

- choosing where to birth

- late pregnancy and preparing for birth

- principles of hypnobirthing

- hypnobirthing practice for pregnancy

- breathing techniques for labour and birth

- importance of relaxation during labour and birth

- active labour and birth

- the role of the birth partner

- pain relief options for labour

- reasons you might meet an obstetrician in labour

- understanding complications in labour and birth and reducing risk

- the immediate postnatal period

- postnatal recovery

If you would like more information or to discuss small group or specific requests please contact Dr Ellie Rayner :

There really is no greater investment in your pregnancy than comprehensive labour and birth preparation


We want to provide you with the best quality of antenatal and postnatal care that you and your baby deserve. That's why our courses are taught by specialists to ensure you are always provided with up-to date information based on real-life experience. Dr Ellie Rayner is a qualified and practicing Obstetrician and Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with hands on experience looking after women during pregnancy, labour and birth. She is also has a Diploma in Medical Education, ensuring you receive the highest quality of teaching in a way that works best for you. Birth Preparation can be extremely personal and some couples prefer the privacy of a personalised sessions, particularly if they are hypnobirthing or have a higher risk pregnancy that other practitioners may not be equipped to fully understand. 

What makes us different?

The antenatal education and class market is an unregulated area, meaning that the information provided to you could be biased and factually incorrect. It is not uncommon that the person leading the class has not seen a birth or cared for women in labour or the postnatal period. All of The Maternity Collective are practicing NHS Healthcare Professionals and unlike other course providers we have designed our course to meet everyone's needs so even if you are not planning a vaginal birth or you've had a baby before and would like more expert advice this time we have a course specifically for you!

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