Short version of the reason behind that is; because it's hard to separate the NCT as a charitable organisation of support, from the specific group of ladies, bumps to babies and fellas we have met through them.
The organisation itself does wonderful things. Offers information, support, networking opportunities. I believe in the NCT's mission statement, it would get a share of my Lottery win and I look forward to the day the NCT has the funding to support a more diverse spectrum of the community. If charity, education, manners and a range of other societal necessities start at home then the NCT could change it all, no?
I won't separate them. Fact is if the NCT didn't exist my maternity leave and path into becoming a mother wouldn't be what it is.
If I back up a moment I will tell you that from my observations of friends, family members and colleagues who had babies I recognised a common problem was isolation. I made a pact with myself that would not be me. I joined Baby Centre, I invested myself in my local community, I reconnected with old friends with children and I signed up for the NCT antenatal course. Most importantly I smiled ALOT.
Session 1. Ice-breakers. I spy a common ground or two. She is in to theatre. Her over there is a teacher. Her husband is an Arsenal fan. He's sniggered at Steve's inappropriate joke (mutual cringe). Lunch dates made, a few polite pre-baby afternoons are shared. These are followed by births, babies, boobies out, details of the great untolds are spilled. Voila! Great friends made.
We talk. We cry (me more than most). We talk. We eat cake. We talk. We attend baby activities. We talk. We caffeinate. We talk. It's good.
A problem shared is a problem... My NCT ladies probably also have and that makes it seem less like a problem and more like great cake conversation.
Thanks girls xxx You've been wonderful xxx