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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 in the documents section. 

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.

Preview of NCT Perspective December 2017 - breastfeeding peer support 

In a sneak preview of three articles in the December 2017 issue of Perspective, we look at the vital emotional and practical support for infant feeding through breastfeeding peer support. Breastfeeding peer supporters offer their time in hospitals, drop-in groups and other settings, and are highly valued for helping women to build their confidence and breastfeed their babies for longer than they would have originally intended. We reveal the range of available peer support services and the gaps across the UK, and review evidence around peer support interventions, with lessons for future design.

'In hospital, I remember that in the evening which I found harder, I had several ladies (peer supporters) who would come and sit with me, hold the baby, and they had all the time in the world for me.'