From where to give birth to knowing when your contractions are getting underway, NCT antenatal courses are an ideal way to find answers to your questions.
For expectant parents the following courses are available in Islington:
NCT Signature Antenatal Course
NCT Essentials Antenatal Course
Refresher Antenatal Course
For more details on all these courses please see our NCT courses page.
Who runs the classes?
The classes are run by our Specialist Workers - these include Antenatal Teachers, Breastfeeding Counsellors and Postnatal Leaders. They are not required to be medically qualified but all undergo a very throough training programme with the NCT. All Specialist Workers must keep up to date with the latest devleopments in maternity care and have to register with the charity every year. Their role is to offer support, information, practical skills and resources to help parents make informed choices for themselves and their babies. They do not offer medical advice and parents are asked to take any questions about the medical care of mother and baby to their midwife, health visitor or doctor.
Who comes to classes?
NCT courses are open to all parents and parents-to-be. This includes adult couples, young parents, women without a partner, same-sex couples and suorragacy couples. Women who are not attending with a partner are very welcome to bring someone else along to classes, such as a birth partner, friend or family member. Classes are kept intentionally small to allow group disscussion.
What happens when the classes end, or if you can't get on a course that suits you?
Support from our branch volunteers is available to everyone in the form of e-groups, postnatal tea groups and other social events. Take a look through the rest of these web pages to see what we can offer you.