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NCT Classes?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by LittleMissCurious, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Has anyone signed up for these? Would you recommed them? Would I be better signing up to the closest one geographically (which means giving up my choir as they clash!) or would one further away be OK?
     
  2. Has anyone signed up for these? Would you recommed them? Would I be better signing up to the closest one geographically (which means giving up my choir as they clash!) or would one further away be OK?
     
  3. chocolateheaven

    chocolateheaven New commenter

    I didn't do them and regret it - not from a knowledge point of view, I got that from elsewhere, but from a social point of view. Everyone I know who did them has a group of people who become friends, who are all on maternity at the same time and meet up regularly. I've found it very hard to find like-minded people to socialise with whilst on maternity, and wish that I'd done NCT so that we could have some playdates! So for me, I would say do it and go local - but that's just me! Have never heard anyone say anything bad about them though.
     
  4. Someone described NCT classes as 'paying £200 odd for some new friends' ! i would agree! Been a godsend. Sign up local as you will hopefully see a lot of each other over the next year. my lot still meet every week 9 months on. it's been so so supportive. x
     
  5. Absolutely worth every penny. I don't know what I would do without the people I met. Like others have said, it isn't really for the knowledge that you will gain, but the friendships. My hubby also gets on so well with the other dads and they go out for curry nights and meet at the pub etc.
    If you want a decent NCT course to go on, the early days post natal course was brilliant. I was so worried it would be a waste of money, but it was the best thing I did after having my baby girl. Was great to be able to sit and chat openly to other people about certain topics and explore different theories etc. And also to meet some more new mummys!
     
  6. Oh and definitely go to a local one. You will only miss a couple of choir sessions as they don't run for that long, but it is so worth it!
     
  7. Ahh, there's the thing. It would be 6 weeks I'd miss out of a 10 week term....
    I irritatingly live about 11 miles from each of two NCT groups, so neither is that local, but the choir night one is based around the hospital we'll be going to....
     
  8. Hmm, I liked the look of that one, but it isn't run in my area, it's the basic pre-natal one only....
     
  9. naomi58

    naomi58 New commenter

    I've just got back from my last NCT session. We met four times (a full day and three evenings). Already, we are friends on facebook and have set up a group on there. We're having a reunion once the babies are born. For me, it's been invaluable and my OH has enjoyed it too. Like others have said, they won't tell you anything you couldn't find the answer to in a book or on the internet or from your midwife, but for the social benefits and the chance to talk to like minded people, it's totally worth the money.
     
  10. On the other hand.... I didnt do NCT myself. But I only have one friend who got on particularly well with the people wo they met. The other 3 friends I have who did NCT didnt have much in common with the people they met (apart from the obvious). That said you will probably be one of the lucky ones - you just need to be realistic I think.
     
  11. I won't do them - I'm doing the NHS ones with some reluctance (only because they're very near me and because I think daddy needs to develop a bit of a clue really) - but I don't know, it's something about the social groupings NCT seems to still attract that make me feel like it would be my idea of hell having a newborn and that as my only group of comparison/support. I guess I have some mental image of it being like concentrated essence of the worst of Mumsnet or something (and I abhor that site for various reasons).
     
  12. spokeydokey

    spokeydokey New commenter

    I seriously contemplated NCT classes when I had my baby but in the end I didn't think I could justify the cost at that time with everything we needed to buy.
    I started going to a breastfeeding support group when LO was about 4 weeks old and met some lovely people there; one girl in particular we just hit it off straight away and spent most of our maternity leave together at verious baby groups in different Sure Start Centres in the area.
    Looking back now I don't know how I would have coped without her support (maybe she feels the same?) and now I am pregnant again I am really nervous about being isolated. I am considering doing an NCT course this time round just incase I don't get a support network from local groups like last time, but again it seems like a lot of money when there's a chance we won't see each other after the three sessions anyway. Such a dilemma! And it seems like even more of a waste as it hasn't even been a year since I last gave birth so all the NHS ante natal information is still quite fresh to me so I doubt I would benefit from any course knowledge either!
    I think my point was, if you don't end up doing NCT classes you may still meet a support network through various free baby groups in the area :)
    Spokey x
     
  13. lol Mr Fibble I think we'd get on :)
     
  14. Hehe, Mister Fibble. [​IMG] That's what hubby was worried about. I might do the postnatal course in a couple of months just for me and the baby.
     
  15. fairy78

    fairy78 New commenter

    I've signed up for the local NCT classes, at vast cost, because its the one thing friends suggest when I ask for tips for the clueless!
     
  16. d2148j

    d2148j New commenter

    i'm branch chairman of our local nct and I'm not doing them. Did the nhs ones with first and well nct run enough groups that you don't need to pay over the odds to get a group of friends IMO. I also found groups like www.naturalmamas.co.uk/forum much better for asking stupid questions that I didn't want to ask out loud.
     

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