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private antenatal CLASSES

High Quality    |    Expert-Led    |    Evidence- based



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The UK's only Obstetrician and Hypnobirthing Teacher

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

‘Knowledge is power, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge with you’

Dr Ellie Rayner


The Maternity Collective is proud to provide the UK's only Hypnobirthing and Antenatal and Birth Preparation Classes led by an Obstetrician.

Combing her expert knowledge as a practicing NHS Obstetrician 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. 

Dr Ellie 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 Ellie 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 sessions 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 Ellie'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.

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sessions include:


The anatomy and physiology of labour and birth

- choosing where to birth

- late pregnancy and preparing for birth

- principles of hypnobirthing

- hypnobirthing USE DURING 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

- understanding complications in labour and birth and HOW TO reducE YOUR risk



- the immediate postnatal period

- postnatal recovery




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 Obstetrician Dr Ellie Rayner cost £750 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 pages 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.

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

1 hour Antenatal/Hypnobirthing Masterclass

If you don't feel you need a full course, but would still like to access high quality, expert-led antenatal and hypnobirthing information prior to the birth of your baby, you can book a 1 hour private session with Dr Ellie Rayner. This session can be tailored completely to your personal situation and can really help solidify your preferences for birth, answer any questions you have and develop your skills in hypnobirthing.

£180 per hour for additional sessions or for 1 hour Masterclass

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

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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 and tailor information towards. 


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

your ultimate birth preparation course 

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