National Childbrth Trust (NCT) are here to support parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.
Our vision is of a world in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society.
Our charitable purpose
- We offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
- We campaign to improve maternity care and ensure better services and facilities for new parents.
- We aim to give every parent the chance to make informed choices.
- We want to make sure that everyone has access to our services and activities.
First 1,000 Days
- First 1,000 Days: Starting with pregnancy through to your child’s second birthday
- The First 1,000 Days of being a parent are now accepted to be the most significant in a child’s development. Leading child health experts worldwide agree that care given during the First 1,000 Days has more influence on a child’s future than any other time in their life.
- Ask most parents, and chances are they’ll say that the First 1,000 Days also present some of the most challenging moments in a person’s life. And, with each new baby comes a whole new set of priorities, dilemmas and challenges.
- At NCT, we have long believed that the First 1,000 Days matter. For more than 56 years we have delivered a trusted service to parents.
What We Do for Parents
Courses for parents
Our courses support over 100,000 parents each year. We know how important it is for parents to find the information they need to prepare for their new life. That’s why we offer a range of courses to support you through your transition.
NCT Signature antenatal and NCT Essentials antenatal help mums- and dads-to-be work out how to approach labour, practice birthing positions and breathing, as well as parenting skills. Our postnatal courses aim to help you feel more confident and supported in your new life as a parent. All our courses provide lots of emotional support, from both the teacher and from the other parents to be in the class.
Local branch support
Our nationwide network of local branches has evolved to reach and support all parents and parents-to-be during their First 1,000 Days – a time of major change in their lives. This is made possible thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, who organise a wide range of social activities and events to enable local parents to meet and access support.
Bumps and Babies groups
These friendly local groups give new parents and parents to be the chance to meet regularly, make new friends and grow in confidence. We currently have 2 groups:
- NCT York Bumps and Babes York City Centre – meet every Thursday morning 10-12 at the Graduate Pub, Lendal.
- NCT York Bumps and Babes Tadcaster Road – meet every Tuesday morning 10.30-12 at St Edward the Confessor Church.
Our coffee groups are a great way to meet other parents in your area, chat and let the little ones play. We currently have groups running in the following areas:
- Acomb and Holgate
- Malton and Norton
- Fulford and Fishergate
You can find details of all of our local groups on our Facebook page and you can follow us on TWITTER
Our national support line offers convenient access to specialist information and support on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding from our highly-trained, specialist breastfeeding counsellors and antenatal teachers. Our support line also offers postnatal support with issues such as crying, sleep and depression in the weeks after birth.
We also have a Shared Experiences support line for those who have had a challenging experience during their pregnancy, birth or early parenthood which enables callers to talk to a volunteer who has had a similar experience.
Call 0300 330 0700 on Monday – Friday from 9am – 7pm