Our branch offers various courses across our area including our Antenatal Courses, Early Days Course and Introducing Solids Courses.
With a relaxed and friendly style, an NCT Antenatal course is as individual as you are. You can be confident that every course is tailored to the needs of the group taking part.
The course is for you and your partner or birth partner. But you are very welcome to come alone, or with a friend or relative.
Some courses are running online due to the pandemic, details in each individual course.
Based on the latest, evidence-based research, expect this course to be practical, hands-on and friendly. You will focus on all aspects of labour and birth, including the right choices for you, plus your emotional wellbeing. This course will also give you confidence for the crucial early days and weeks of parenthood. Practical baby care includes nappy changing, washing, swaddling, crying and safe sleeping. This course has a breastfeeding session. Much of your breastfeeding session will focus on understanding what your baby needs and does, so even if you are undecided about how you will feed your baby you will still benefit from this segment of your course. Partners are welcome because their support can make a big difference to how well feeding goes. Everyone else on your course will have due dates around the same time. So you will have a local, ready-made network when it matters most, and friends for many years to come. This course has the advantage of being personalised to the needs of the group. This means that the content can vary slightly, so this is a guide to the wide-range of topics you will cover:
Labour and birth
- Final stages of pregnancy
- Early signs of labour and coping at home
- Calling the midwife/going to the maternity unit
- Birth options and medical procedures
- Coping with labour: breathing and pain relief options
- Birth partner’s role
Becoming a parent
- Communicating with your baby
- Parenting styles
- Your emotional health
- Supporting your relationship
- Friends and families
Caring for your baby
- Crying, calming and soothing
- Safe sleeping
- Feeding options
- Feeding techniques
- Feeding patterns
- When to get outside advice
Early Days Course
Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience. So help to prepare yourself by spending time with other new mums in the same boat. You’ll learn from each other’s experiences and build your confidence on our Early Days course.
Your first few months as a mother can feel amazing – and overwhelming at the same time. It’s normal to feel uncertain as you begin to find your feet.
NCT Early Days introduces you to a supportive group of new mums, while bringing you the skills you need to adjust. Here you’ll get all the information you need to confidently parent your new baby and navigate your relationships.
Led by our expert course leader, the groups provide a relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphere to openly talk about your life as a mum.
In your group, you'll discuss practical skills in coping with your new baby. Importantly, the course will help give you the confidence to parent your baby in the way that is right for you and your family.
And after weekly get-togethers with the same group of new mums, you'll also come through with a new group of friends.
What you'll learn
Each course is unique as they are designed to meet the specific needs of the group. But you can expect to cover:
- Information around infant sleeping.
- Managing and calming crying.
- Understanding a baby’s needs and how they communicate.
- Introducing solid foods.
- Child development.
- The impact of a baby on relationships.
- Sex after childbirth.
- Returning to work.
- Managing relationships with family and friends.
- The chance to talk about birth experience.
Introducing Solids Workshop
Introducing your baby to solid foods can be a very exciting time but you'll also probably have lots of questions. Our workshops are interactive and tailored to you. We'll help you decide when the time is right, how you want to go about it and what to expect.
Moving on to solid foods is a big moment in your baby’s development. But with so much advice and so many methods out there, it can be tricky to know how to go about it.
Our Introducing Solids Foods workshops are interactive to give you all the information you need to make decisions that work for you. We make sure every parent comes away from our workshops feeling confident about feeding their baby.
What you’ll learn
- When to move onto solids
- Different feeding approaches
- All about feeding
For dates, locations and prices on any of the above courses, please use our course viewer.