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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 06:26 AM   1
victoriajane
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NHS / NCT antenatal classes?


Hi ladies, this has probably been asked a hundred times, so sorry in advance!

At the mo, I am booked onto some NCT antenatal classes starting 12th March and have also booked me and OH onto the NHS classes my hospital runs (this is just a one day thing 10am - 4pm and is called an "active birth preparation workshop" rather than just "ante natal class" which I why I booked onto it). I'm wondering now whether I should bother with both or cancel the NHS one? Will I just be doing the same stuff as I will in NCT classes? The NHS class is this Saturday, so I really should make my mind up and any advice would be gratefully received!!



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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 06:33 AM   2
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I have booked onto nct classes and my mother who's a health visitor tells me not to get sucked into nct classes as they really force Brest feeding, home births and have some funny views as she has to answer all calls and queries from nct. If I was you I would go to both as it will prepare you more! The nct seems to get a good friend network but the hospital classes are supposed to be excellent. This is only from other peoples views but what you got to lose if you go to both???? Xxxx



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 06:40 AM   3
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I couldn't find any NHS ones near me, so we paid for NCT ones. Tbh, I wish we'd not bothered. I didn't really rate them at all. It could be that the woman that ran ours wasn't very good, but I would've rather spent the £200 on something else.
Like the poster above said, they do push their ideals which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I had a real struggle with BFing and stopped after 11 weeks. I felt horribly guilty about FFing, and I think this is partly because it was drummed into me (at the classes) that I might as well give my baby poison, so to speak...
Sorry for going off on one there, I would still go to the NHS ones so you have a more rounded view.
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 06:43 AM   4
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Is it worth joining a antenatal NCT class? Its like £39 just to join, and then maybe £100 for certain classes (not all I can attend due to work commitments) and they cover the same type of subjects as the free NHS ones.

I am thinking maybe to do the free antenatal NHS ones and then maybe join the NCT and do some parenting classes once bubba is born. I think it would be better to meet nice mums in my area and stay friends with some of them? Only started thinking yesterday that I may get a bit lonely. Is it silly to join the NCT just to meet mothers?



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:01 AM   5
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I have heard that NCT can be a bit pushy is certain ways. I'm starting tot hink that Cardiff is just a bit weird as the NHS antenatal classes offered just don't seem to be that thorough! The only thing I have been offered is this one day active birth preparation workshop that doesn't seem to cover all the bases?



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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:34 AM   6
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I didn't do NCT the first time, but did do a course last month, and I really enjoyed it, plus I met some lovely people. I didn't feel like they really pushed BFing and natural birth, but then I was quite open about having had an instrumental delivery and wanting an epidural this time, and I think she might have been a bit scared that I was going to launch into a description of the four hours I spent pushing unsuccessfully One of the girls knew she would have a scheduled c section too, so although we discussed natural childbirth methods, we knew that wasn't the only way.



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:44 AM   7
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I've just finished my NCT classes. We had a lovely lady who told us there was nothing wrong in choosing to bottle feed and we shouldn't feel guilty if we have problems breastfeeding. She had the same open attitude to all aspects of birthing and parenting. So it all depends on who you get. I have been very careful with my money when spending for the baby but when it comes to what I paid for the classes, I feel it was money well spent. It gave my partner the opportunity to learn much more than he would have otherwise, and we've made some great friends there.



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:45 AM   8
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I did NCT classes (2 full days)
They didn't push breast feeding at all. In fact it wasn't even mentioned much as they had a third session dedicated to it if you wanted to attend.
They also didn't try to promote any specific kinds of births, just gave information on all the different types.
I liked these classes as they have smaller numbers and you have the option of meeting up everyone afterwards.



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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:53 AM   9
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I too have just completed the NCT ones and thought they were excellent. No pushing of BF, but gave us all the options. In fact they had a seperate BF session so if you really didnt want any of that information they you would not have to attend.

My NHS ones are next week, however, so far my expereince of the NHS 'Community Workshop', which was an exercise to 'tick the boxes' in the 34-36 week section in my maternity notes was nothing more than giving information to cover their arses...

I massivily rate the NCT, met some great people.

Bear in mind you DONT have to get the membership and depending on your circumstances you can get is subsidised...



 
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:59 AM   10
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I've done 2 weeks of my NHS antenatal class so far and start NCT classes tonight.

The NHS ones are quite good and I was told that they would talk more about pain relief than the NCT ones.

Friends have told us that NCT ones are better generally and many people have made very good friends from those classes. For us, they were the only ones locally that were in an evening allowing DH to come along.

The one things that neither class covers which I've booked after many recommendations is the labour ward tour.



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