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ESOL for Pregnancy

Giving non-native English speaking women the confidence to communicate during their pregnancy

What is ESOL for Pregnancy?

ESOL for Pregnancy is an English language course specifically designed for pregnant women who are speakers of other languages, who might otherwise need an interpreter for antenatal appointments or during the birth of their baby.

What difference does ESOL for Pregnancy make?

The course helps women:

  • Build confidence in communicating with midwives and other healthcare professionals
  • Feel more prepared for and informed about pregnancy and birth
  • Feel empowered to make their own choices and decisions
  • Communicate and engage more effectively out and about in their everyday lives
  • Feel reassured

It’s also an opportunity to get to know other local pregnant women and is a safe space to ask questions and talk about their experiences.

Who can take part in ESOL for Pregnancy?

Pregnant women living in the Better Start Bradford area who do not speak English as a first language.

It was helpful class, which gave me very important information about my pregnancy.

I would recommend ESOL for Pregnancy to my friends and family.

E-mail to enquire about making a referral

This project is delivered by Shipley College

Contact the ESOL for Pregnancy team:

Find out more

In this short video, Shipley College's Esther Derbyshire explains more about the course, who it's for, how it's delivered, the different methods used and the excellent feedback they get from participants.

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