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Editors Welcome...

We are pleased to present the Spring edition of the Reading Branch Newsletter, proudly sponsored by SwimKidz.

In this issue we have – as usual – a great line-up: our regular ‘What I Wish I’d Known’ covers the helpful topic of returning to work after having your baby, and ‘Diary of a Dad’ gives insight into the experience of potty training. We also hope you enjoy our other articles on what NOT to say to sleep-deprived parents, and a commentary on our branch First Aid courses – the next of which is taking place on 7th April, book your place here: https://www.nct.org.uk/branches/reading-10

Branch News

We are currently looking to fill some volunteer vacancies to help us keep our busy branch, and all the fantastic groups we host, running smoothly. If you would like to know more about our current vacancies and how to get involved, please drop our Branch Coordinator an email at Coordinator.Reading@nct.org.uk

Our branch's next Nearly New Sale will be held at Highdown School, Caversham, on 22nd April 2018, with excellent bargains to be found. At our sales we only have top-quality second-hand baby and children’s clothes, toys, equipment and maternity wear – all at a fraction of the cost of the high street. Proceeds from the sale will help to fund our work supporting parents in Reading, Berkshire and across the UK. If you would like to register as a seller or get involved as a volunteer, you can find out how to do so here.

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#HiddenHalf Campaign – Get Involved!

In July last year, NCT launched the national #HiddenHalf campaign to get postnatal mental illness out of hiding. NCT's research showed that only around half of new mothers' mental health problems get picked up. Furthermore, the findings showed that the six-week postnatal check is often rushed, with a third of women getting only three minutes with a doctor, and a fifth of them not being asked about their emotional well-being at all. The #HiddenHalf campaign presses for changes to the six-week check so it is more effective at picking up emotional problems, so that all new mothers with mental health problems get the treatment they need.

You can help us make change by emailing your MP today: www.nct.org.uk/hiddenhalf/MP

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If you have any ideas for future articles, or have any suggestions on how we can improve, we would love to hear from you: Newsletter.Reading@nct.org.uk

Claire, Louisa and Vidya

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