NCT provides services tailored to the needs of young parents. We aim to help young women and young men feel valued and positive about becoming a parent, so that they can have a positive experience and give their child the best start in life.
Approximately 6% of live births are to mothers aged below 20 (ONS England and Wales 2008). While most young parents have happy and healthy families, teenage pregnancy and early parenthood are widely recognised to be associated with poor health and social exclusion. Mothers below the age of 20 and their babies are more likely than older mothers to experience higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weight and poor emotional health. They are also less likely to access maternity care in early pregnancy. Late booking and lack of sustained contact with antenatal services often mean that issues such as maternal nutrition, preparation and support for breastfeeding are not adequately addressed.
Building confidence is the key for supporting young parents through the transition to parenthood. NCT services - courses, drop in groups and helplines all aim to be empathetic and to build parents' confidence.
In this section you will find good practice case studies and NCT publications and articles about our work with young parents. You will also find general resources produced by NCT and links to resources produced by other organisations to support young parents through the transition to parenthood.