Practical Preparing for Parenthood Survival Class devised by Dr Carol Cooper
Who? This basic entry level seminar is suitable for expectant parents, interested grandparents & carers, and health professionals. Open to all.
What? This is a two hour session which will give practical information to expectant parents of multiples. The session will cover the prenatal period and provide you with practical tips on how to prepare for your new arrivals and how to cope during the first few days and weeks.
Topics include: your health and making the most of appointments, pregnancy and birth, bonding, organising support, planning ahead including equipment, looking after yourself, hospital and practical family life (e.g. carrying babies, crying etc). We are unable to provide any medical advice at the Seminars.
Attendees will receive the new Tamba 'Preparing for Parenthood' Booklet', the Tamba Breastfeeding Guide AND our Healthy Multiple Pregnancy Guide, together with copies of the slides to take away.
If you are unable to attend the course in person, we also offer a webinar version of the course. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information.
London courses are delivered by Dr Carol Cooper or Amanda Deacon, a trained Tamba Facilitator and parent of multiples. Courses in all other areas are taught by trained facilitators and parents of multiples.
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Thursday 26th March, Central London (WC1N) 7-9pm Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AE (3 minutes walk from Holborn Station) with Dr Carol Cooper (FULL - please e-mail to go on the waiting list).
Wednesday 27th May Central London (WC1N) 7-9pmFaraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AE (3 minutes walk from Holborn Station) with Amanda Deacon
Cost: £7.00 per person (Spaces strictly limited & booking essential). Book your place. (If you would rather book over the telephone or are having problems booking online please call the Tamba office on 01252 332 344 or e-mail.
Saturday 4th April Chiswick 10am-12 noon The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG (2 places remaining - if you would like to book please e-mail)
Regional courses cost £5.00 per person (spaces are strictly limited and booking is essential). Click here to book your place. If you would rather book over the telephone or are having problems booking online please call the Tamba office on 01252 332 344 or e-mail course coordinator Kate Valentine.
Saturday 28th March Stevenage 10am-12 noon Great Ashby Community Centre, Whitehorse Lane, Stevenage SG1 6NH
Tuesday 31st March Ipswich 7-9pm Murrayside Centre, Nacton Road, Ipswich IP3 9JL
Saturday 18th April Luton 10am-12 noon Luton Central Library, St George's Square, Luton LU1 2NG
Saturday 9th May Bury St Edmunds 11am-1pm Hyndman Centre, Hospital Rd, IP33 3JT
Saturday 6th June Norwich 10.30am-12.30pm Drayton, Taverham & Hellesdon Children's Centres, School Rd, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EP
Saturday 20th June St Albans 10am-12 noon The Alban Way Children's Centre at Marshalwick, Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground, St Albans AL4 9QL
Saturday 19th September St Albans 10am-12 noon The Alban Way Children's Centre at Marshalwick, Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground, St Albans AL4 9QL
Saturday 18th April Leicester 2-4.30pm Powell Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH
Saturday 11th April Durham 1-3pm Allergate House, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TW
Wednesday 15th April Northwich 7.30-9.30pm Sandiway & Cuddington Village Hall, NorleyRoad, Cuddington, Nr Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2LB
Tuesday 7th July Warrington 6.30-8.45pm Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road, Woolston, Warrington WA1 4PN.
Saturday 9th May Guildford 10am-12 noon Guildford Children's Centre, Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1NR
Saturday 16th May Abingdon 10am-12 noon South Abingdon Children’s Centre, Caldecott Chase,Abingdon OX14 5GZ
Saturday 16th May Reading 10am-12 noon Katesgrove Children’s Centre, Elgar Road (Off Berkeley Avenue), Reading
Saturday 30th May Tonbridge 2-4.30pm The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Andrew,Maidstone Rd, Tonbridge TN12 6DZ
Saturday 13th June Billingshurst (RH14) 11am-1pmBillingshurst Children & Family Centre, Station rd, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9RY
Saturday 13th June Maidenhead (SL6) 9.30-11.30am Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
Saturday 26th September Maidenhead (SL6) 9.30-11.30am Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead SL6 1BN
Saturday 18th April Bristol 2-5pm St Edyth's Church, Avonleaze, Sea Mills, Bristol, BS9 2HU
Saturday 9th May Plymouth (PL6)1.30-4pm The Rodborough Suite, The Woolwell Centre, Darklake lane, Woolwell, Plmouth PL6 7TR
Saturday 6th June Tiverton (EX16) 10am-12 noon Old Heathcoat School Community Centre, 81 King St, Tiverton EX16 5JJ
Saturday 6th June Bath (BA1) 10am-12 noon Weston Children's Centre, Penn Lea Road, Bath BA1 4EH
Saturday 5th September Bath (BA1) 10am-12 noon Weston Children's Centre, Penn Lea Road, Bath BA1 4EH
Saturday 5th December Bath (BA1) 10am-12 noon Weston Children's Centre, Penn Lea Road, Bath BA1 4EH
Saturday 11th April Evesham 2-4pm Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham WR11 4PJ
Yorkshire and the Humber
Saturday 28th March Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW (FULL)
Thursday 21st May York (YO31) 7-9pm Post Grad Centre, 5th Floor, York hospital, Wigginton Road, York YO31 8HE
Saturday 30th May Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
Sunday 10th May Cardiff 11am-1pm Holiday Inn, Merthyr Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7LH
There are currently no Practical Preparing for Parenthood courses available in Northern Ireland. However, Tamba's Northern Ireland branch do hold hospital talks and antenatal courses. You can find out more about these courses here.
Scottish courses are delivered by trained parenting facilitators. They normally run from 7pm-9pm in the evening and places are £5 each. See the Scottish course page for more information.
To book a place, or for more information, contact our Scottish Coordinator Helen Peck.
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We run a Preparing for Parenthood webinar. The webinar aims to prepare expectant parents of multiples for the remainder of their pregnancy and the first 6 weeks, by providing practical tips and ideas. Areas covered include preparation, special care, hospital, feeding, sleeping, crying and routines. The webinar does not cover the pregnancy or birth from a medical perspective. The cost is £10.
You can access the webinar by using your computer and speakers (you do not need a webcam) or by telephone. Questions can be asked during the webinar via your keyboard. The session is recorded an a link to listen back will be sent out after the webinar. It is therefore not necessary to listen 'live' to the session.
The next webinar will take place on Tuesday 14th April 7-8pm.
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Feedback about the course
"It was great to hear firsthand from someone who has had multiples themselves about what to expect. It was also really useful to meet others in the same situation."
"The seminar was really helpful and it’s made it all feel more realistic."
"As a first time father all the information was really useful."
"It was really helpful to talk about simple logistics and practical tips."
"I went to a 'Preparing for parenthood' seminar when I was 19 weeks pregnant with my b/g twins. I already had a one year old and a two year old so felt quite daunted at the thought of having 4 children under the age of 3 when my twins arrived. The course was fantastic, I found the content really useful and the facilitator was lovely. It was also useful meeting another multiple Mum, who was 16 weeks pregnant with triplets. She also had two boys who were 3 and 4 so in a similar situation. We kept in touch throughout our pregnancy and just by chance all our 5 babies arrived on the same day. So I would definitely recommend the seminar, it's been invaluable to me having the support of other multiple parents"