I’d heard about NCT, but never really knew what it was. I just kind of imagined a room full of pregnant women all lying on the floor, leaning on their partners, making all kinds of crazy sounds while they practiced breathing techniques.
It turns out there’s a lot more to it than that. Although I should mention that there was this one time (at band camp) in one session where all the women were lying on the floor, leaning over a chair or sitting on a ball, being cuddled, stroked, massaged and spooned by their partner. But that was as weird as it ever got. I promise.
I’m pretty sure that one of the main reasons that people go to NCT is for the women to make friends with fellow preggers peeps so they can meet up for coffee, lunch, walks and such, during their maternity leave. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not for one minute suggesting that’s all you mums get up to, but I know the support of sharing and talking with your peers can be a big help.
So we signed up to one of the local NCT groups, for people expecting around July/August time. The meetings were split over 2 days a week, for 3 weeks. Not too bad. But due to them starting at 6.30pm, it meant that I would have to eat a sandwich for my dinner while driving straight from work to the meeting place each time. That kinda sucked. Meal Deal Sandwiches suck. There. I said it.
To start with, one of the things we had to do was sit in a circle and each say one thing that we were looking forward to doing with our baby. This pretty much set the tone for how the fella’s in the room would answer these kind of questions for the remainder of the sessions.
“I’m looking forward to some cuddles” said one daddy.
“I can’t wait to just hold our baby for the first time” said another.
“I’m looking forward to holding it above my head, Lion King style, and telling them that one day, all of this will be theirs” was my response.
Come on, we can’t be serious all the time!
We covered a lot of stuff over the 6 sessions, and learned a great deal. I’m pretty sure though that I’ve probably forgotten even more than I’ve retained. Seriously, I do not know how we did it at school. Back then our brain’s were like sponges. Now they’re more like Sponge Bob!
Some of the topics that I do remember we covered were;
- How to wind a baby
- How to breast feed
- Pain Relief
- Caesarean Birth
- Differences between Home Birth, Midwife Lead Units and Labour Wards
- How a baby is born (no video’s though, which was a result! ha!)
- How to bath a baby
While there were lots of points of views and bit’s of information and advice that could be challenged, and would be challenged by anyone that had a baby 30, 20 or even 10 years ago, generally I found the advice to be good advice. Lot’s of thinking points and “oh I didn’t know that” moments to take away with you.
Did you know that when a baby is born, their stomach is the size of a marble? Well now you do!
As for making friends, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Every single person in there was decent, genuine and down to earth. But let’s be honest, it’s the women who decide who’s friend material. So let’s see how the first coffee and cake meet up goes next week.
T-minus 34 days!