NCT aims for all parents to have a positive start to family life. We want all women and men to feel prepared and supported to become confident and caring parents.

The birth of a first baby marks the founding phase of family life; a time of major development and personal growth, with many challenges as well as enormous positive potential for parents and children. It brings the most profound change to a couple’s relationship of any relationship developmental stage. New roles have to be learned and new relationships developed.

The March 2017 issue of Perspective looks at the experiences of lesbian co-mothers upon becoming parents.

In a Spotlight on Research piece guest editor Rosie Dodds writes that more parents need help to develop secure attachment with their children.

NCT provides articles on

Protecting the couple relationship after birth

Gender equality in the home during the transition to parenthood

Baths, bottoms and beyond - supporting parents learning baby care skills

Motivational interviewing techniques for supporting parents in the transition to parenthood

Can newborn babies imitate?  

Preparing for partnership parenting

Understanding couple relationship breakdown

The most profound change: recognising and responding to couple stress

Coping with change: how a baby impacts on a couple's relationship

Promoting emotional health in the transition to parenthood

Parent-child communication is important from birth

Evidence on the effectiveness of soft slings.

In 2009 the Department for Children, Schools and Families published Health-led parenting interventions in pregnancy and early years.
This review involved the identification of systematic reviews of health-led parent and parenting interventions, services and programmes that were aimed at improving outcomes for parents and infants during the ante- and post-natal periods. A range of mental and physical health outcomes for mothers and fathers, and children up the age of three years, were included. An NCT document summary can be viewed here or found in the related documents section below.

In this section you will find further information about becoming a mother, becoming a father and early days as a parent.