NCT Perspective

NCT Perspective: preparing parents for birth and the transition to parenthood

Perspective is NCT’s FREE quarterly journal on preparing parents for birth and early parenthood. It covers research, policy and service development relating to a wide range of topics including pregnancy, preparation for labour and birth, infant feeding and the transitition to parenthood for mums and dads with a baby or toddler. It promotes and shares the expertise and participative approach of NCT practitioners, as well as the work of health professionals, service user representatives and community volunteers.

The latest issue of Perspective is available here.  

Many of the individual articles from Perspective are available as individual pdfs under the Research section menu on the right of this page, and can be downloaded and distributed or printed.

Highlights of the December 2016 issue

The December 2016 issue of NCT Perspective journal looks at recent research on whether it is possible to reduce the risk of food allergies in children by introducing solid foods at, or soon after, four months of age. Other highlights include special consideration for the needs of young mothers antenatally, and the importance of providing infant feeding information that is delivered sensitively and with a focus on confidence building and recent policy developments around the problem of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

This issue supports the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative call to ‘Change the Conversation’, with three linked pieces from Heather Trickey, Dawn Leeming and Fiona Woollard, arguing for a more supportive environment for mothers as they make their feeding decisions.

We give tips on how practitioners can support parents with breastfeeding their multiple birth children, and review recent evidence around testing for Group B streptococcus.

In interviews, Miranda Dodwell, former staff and volunteer for NCT, and Rosie Dodds, former senior policy advisor at NCT, talk about their roles in providing parents with up-to-date evidence-based information for making important decisions on how and where to give birth, infant feeding, and many other issues. 

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