NCT's postanatal services include our poplular Early Days session either run as a course or as a drop-in and postnatal professional training days.

 Postnatal Services:  Early Days courses or drop-ins are growing in popularity in children's centres and the NHS as they are one of the only commissioned services to addresses the mental health of the mother. Early Days groups give new mums the opportunity to explore different approaches to important parenting issues with a qualified group leader and other new parents. These sessions help new mums feel confident about the decisions and choices they make for their babies. Mums are encouraged to share ideas and experiences and help others to do the same so they can support each other as they learn more about their skills as a parent.

Issues covered include:

  • Expectations and the reality of parenthood
  • Ideas for settling a crying baby
  • Getting the most out of the data
  • Returning to work (or not)


A course is generally 6–8 weeks in length, with meetings being held once a week for about 2 hours. Each course is tailored to the needs of those parents attending.  Drop-ins are more informal and the facilitator works with whoever attends on issues that are relevant to them.  

For more information about how NCT can help develop and run postnatal services for parents, and training for professionals please contact us at or call 020 8752 2300.