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19/02/2014 at 09:34
Right, I've been looking at local NCT classes and have 2 options (nothing in my immediate area since we're in the middle of nowhere):
1. Nearest town, course is 2 full Sundays and 2 Thursday nights. Bit unsure about the full day thing but it is more local and would mean I can sign up for aquanatal on Wednesdays. OH reckons we will have more socialising time if it's a full day and get to know people better despite only 4 sessions.
2. Bit further away but still only 15 mins drive, course is 6 Wednesday evenings. Nicer area and thinking of the demographics, maybe more likely to meet other older mums.
Hubby and I are trying to decide which is best. Tbh I'm not overly interested in classes about how babies are born and labour, since I deliver babies fairly often and am giving that same advice to my own patients. I know about stages of labour, pain relief options, how breathing affects things etc etc, but I'd quite like to meet local parents to be, and I think it would be nice for OH who has no local friends at all. So, for those of you who've done NCT, which of the above options would be best?
19/02/2014 at 09:38
We had evening sessions spread out over a few weeks, so your option 2. I really liked it as it meant we got to know people over a longer time period and had more to catch up on from class to class. By tje end of it we all felt quite close, whereas if it was only a weekend, it might feel a bit forced? Depends how well you make friends I suppose... I am quite shy so like the extra time to figure everyone out and come out of my shell.
19/02/2014 at 09:44
We did evening sessions over 8 weeks, I liked the idea better because the same as Nenas says, you got to know the people over a longer period of time, and we started arranging get togethers after a few weeks, meals out etc. Also, like Nenas, I'm shy so struggle to get to know people in a short space of time and chat to them more the more I know them. I'm still really good friends with one girl and we'd meet up almost weekly until our boys went to school last September, so now we mostly meet in holidays (we're meeting up later this week with our boys - I'm looking forward to telling her about #2!) and in touch with a couple of others 5 years later.
19/02/2014 at 09:47
If you know all about birth and are just doing it to meet people, I'd go for the nicer area and older mum's if that is what it most important to you.
Ours is very local, a 5 minute walk away. Over 6 weeks - 5 evenings and one full day. Can't wait!
19/02/2014 at 09:56
Exactly what Nenas said- we did evening classes over an 8 week (or so) period. I felt we'd make friends better the more times I saw people, it did work that way, I'm still really close to lots of my group.
19/02/2014 at 10:08
We did two full days and then one evening class. We really enjoyed the classes even though they were long days. We have kept in touch with all the couples and have met them a few times
19/02/2014 at 10:24
Ours was the evening class option. H was wary of the two full days as he didn't think he'd be able to pay attention after a full week at work and I kind of agreed with him. The evening ones have been nice as although the first one was a bit stilted and awkward after that everyone chatted in the breaks and as a while week has passed it feels easier to make conversation! We still have two sessions left but the girls met up last weekend and the boys have had a trip to the pub so it's felt easier to get to know people without feeling pressured by time.
It's also nice to talk to H about things that have come up in the class afterwards without feeling like it's been complete information overload. A couple of people haven't made all the classes for various reasons but obviously it has less of an effect if it's just 2 hours that you miss rather than a whole day.
19/02/2014 at 11:23
We opted for the full days. It was great as you had the lunch breaks to get to know each other, people weren't tired and so rushing off at the end of each session. Worked really well for us. The "babies" have all just turned 5 in the last 3 weeks and I still meet up with the girls now.
19/02/2014 at 15:09
Thanks all, will discuss with OH and hopefully get something booked soon :-)
19/02/2014 at 17:14
We also had 2 full days over 1 weekend, then another evening session to go over the breastfeeding stuff. We really enjoyed ours, as we all took lunches it meant we had time to chat then. If anything I actually struggled with the lateness of the evening session, I was ready for bed by the end! We had a few catch ups before the babies were born and since then, have met up fairly regularly. Also I'd say, you never know who will be in your group. At 27, I was the 'baby' at ours, most of the others were mid 30s.
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