We didn’t attend NCT antenatal classes when I was pregnant. I thought they weren't for us - how wrong I was. I had become pregnant very early in my relationship with my now husband and we didn’t live together. I was the first of my friends to have a baby and my parents lived overseas. I was young, pregnant and very, very alone.
I spent the first nine weeks after the birth of my first, and only child, at home, alone. Once a day to make myself get out of the house, I would pop my son in his pram and walk to the end of the road, buy a yogurt and walk home - I don’t even like yoghurt but it was all I could afford! When my son was ten weeks old I went back to work and my son started nursery. And that, I thought, was that.
Except it wasn’t, the NCT found me. Reached out, took me into its heart and supported me to become the parent I am today. Through the NCT I have made wonderful friends, become a better parent, had an amazing education and met over 1000 people at the start of their journey to become parents.
I am an NCT volunteer and practitioner to ensure that no parent feels as alone and lost as I did. So that all parents know they can reach out and be welcomed, supported and nurtured.
I am very, very clear with everyone who walks through my NCT door that there isn’t an NCT way to have a baby, there isn’t my way to be a parent. I am here, walking alongside them for as long as they need or want me.