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.
Where possible, the Seminars will include NEW video clips from professionals and parents about many aspects of having and caring for multiples.
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.
Below listen to some of the Facilitators talking about the benefit of attending the seminars, who attendes and what the seminar covers. You can find out more about our course facilitators here.
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Wednesday 23rd 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
Cost: £8.00 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 13th February Chiswick (W4) 10am-12 noon The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG (FULL)
Saturday 19th March Enfield (EN1) 2-4pm St. Andrews Church Parish Centre, 14 Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EG
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 12th March St Albans (AL4)9.30am-12 noon The Alban Way Children's Centre at Marshalwick, Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground, St Albans AL4 9QL
Saturday 7th May Norwich (NR4)10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Norwich, Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6EP
Sunday 21st February Derby (DE22) 2-4pm West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby, DE22 3BL
Saturday 23rd April Northampton (NN4)10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Express Northampton M1 J15, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ
Saturday 14th May Leicester (LE2)2-4.30pm Keene Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH
Sunday 20th March Newcastle (NE16)10am-12pm Holiday Inn Newcastle Metro Centre, Clasper Way, Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 3BE
Saturday 11th June Darlington (DL1) 10am-12.30pm BMI Woodlands Hospital, Morton Park, Darlington, County Durham DL1 4PL
Tuesday 1st March Warrington (WA1) 6.30-8.45pm Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road, Woolston Warrington WA1 4PN.
Saturday 20th February Billingshurst (RH14)11am-1pm Billingshurst Children and Family Centre, Station Road, Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 9RY
Saturday 20th February Canterbury (CT2) 10am-12 noon Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NP
Saturday 27th February Guildford (GU1) 10am-12 noon Guildford Children's Centre, Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford GU1 1NR
Saturday 12th March Weybridge (KT13) 9.30am-12 noon Cleves School (Sports Hall Classroom), Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS
Saturday 12th March Portsmouth (PO6)1.30-3.30pm The Link, 48 Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 2QZ
Saturday 19th March Basingstoke (RG21) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Grove Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EE
Saturday 9th April Paddock Wood Nr Tonbridge (TN12) 2-5pm The Anglican & Methodist Church of St Andrew, Maidsone Rd, Paddock Wood TN12 6DZ
Saturday 16th April Maidenhead (SL6) 9.30-11.30am Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1BN
Saturday 30th April Abingdon (OX14) 10am-12.30pm South Abingdon Children's Centre Caldecott Chase Abingdon OX14 5GZ
Saturday 2nd July Billingshurst (RH14)11am-1pm Billingshurst Children and Family Centre, Station Road, Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 9RY
Saturday 5th March Paulton Nr Bath (BS39) 10am-12 noon Somer Valley Enterprise Park, Paulton Valley Enterprise Park, Paulton House, Old Mills, Paulton BS39 7SX
Sunday 8th May Plymouth (PL6) 1.30-4pm The Woolwell Centre, Darklake Lane, Woolwell, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Saturday 27th February Birmingham (B4) 10am-12.30pm Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Snow Hill, 1 Snow Hill Plaza, St Chads, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6HY (2 places remaining)
Saturday 9th April Evesham (WR11) 10am-12 noon Evesham Library, Oat St, Evesham WR11 4PJ
Yorkshire & The Humber
Saturday 20th February Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW (4 places remaining)
Further dates to follow for Cardiff
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 8th March from 7-8pm (if you would like a recording of a previous session please e-mail)
AbbVie has provided sponsorship funding for this webinar series but has not had any input into the development of webinar content.
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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"