Maternity and parent information

On these pages you will find lots of useful resources, including our guide to our maternity services and choosing where to have your baby booklets, useful factsheets and details of our parent information evenings and maternity information programme.

You can also find useful resources and information leaflets on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website ( 

Parent information evening

As early as possible in pregnancy, women are invited to our free parent information evening. This is held in the outpatients department (Room F92, F level), and offers advice and information to expectant parents and those planning to be pregnant about all aspects of pregnancy, such as diet, breastfeeding, nappies, car seats, and travelling abroad.

There is no need to book for this - please just come along. The evening is very informal, and we are there to help and answer all questions. The evening will start promptly at 7pm, please download the programme for the evening to see all the topics covered. We also have about 20 health and commercial stands with relevant information. Please note this evening does not include a tour of the Princess Anne Hospital but a virtual tour of maternity services is now available.

The parent information evenings take place on the first Tuesday of the following months: February, April, June August, October and December.

The department also has a library of books and videos available to lend, free of charge, to all expectant parents.

Antenatal classes

Women living in the Southampton city area

We have a comprehensive education programme to help prepare women and their partners for labour, birth and the early weeks of parenthood. All courses and workshops are free, except for water birth workshops where a small donation is asked for to attend, and are held at the Princess Anne Hospital or at locations around Southampton during the day, evenings and at weekends. You will find more information and a booking form in the maternity information programme.

Women living in the New Forest area

If you live in the New Forest area, information is available directly from your midwife rather than an organised course. However, if there are spaces available on the antenatal courses at the Princess Anne Hospital, you are welcome to attend. You are also welcome to attend the individual workshops. 

Read more about the maternity information programme and please phone 023 8120 6052 if you have any queries.

For further details of parent education, please phone or write to:

Maternity information and support services
Room F92, F level
Princess Anne Hospital, Coxford Road,
Southampton, SO16 5YA.

Telephone: 023 8120 6052