Today the NCT is celebrating reaching its 100,000 member milestone. Founded in 1956, NCT has been supporting parents through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood for over fifty years.
As the UK’s leading parenting charity, the NCT now reaches over a million parents each year through its website, helplines, classes and outreach work. The charity’s evidence based information is developed through detailed research, including collaborative work in partnership with health bodies, leading research organisations and governments in the UK.
Membership has grown and grown through the years, from a small group of women, to several thousands in the seventies and eighties. NCT’s 100,000th member is first time mum-to-be Helen Warner, a 34 year old exercise teacher from Bromsgrove. She says:
“It’s brilliant to be NCT’s 100,000th member. I joined NCT a few weeks ago as my husband and I are planning on attending an antenatal course later in the year and I would like to get to know other parents-to-be in our area through the local NCT activities. It’s great that NCT is able to provide so much information to help parents during their pregnancy and with their new babies. One of the things I really like about being a member is knowing that my membership fee will go towards subsidising NCT classes for those who cannot afford to pay for them.”
Since the very first member joined NCT, the charity’s campaigning work has seen great changes being made to UK maternity services. The charity’s major successes include: fathers being allowed into the delivery room and their increasing involvement within birth choices; women having increased access to one-to-one midwifery care and a say in how their maternity services are run.
Mark Atkinson, NCT Fundraising and Supporter Relations Director, says:
“We are thrilled to have reached the 100,000 member milestone. NCT members have supported our work for over fifty years helping parents to be the best parent they can be. It is fantastic recognition from parents themselves that 100,000 of them have chosen to support our work through membership.”
Today, NCT continues to be a voice for change for parents. Current campaigning efforts include allowing women and their families to be able to choose the place and environment in which they give birth, and ensuring parents returning to work receive adequate support.