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Practical Preparing for Parenthood Survival Class devised by Dr Carol Cooper

The Seminar was written by twin mum, author, GP and Honorary Consultant Dr Carol Cooper and is delivered by our team of trained Facilitators in the format of a Powerpoint presentation, video clips and Q&A session.

All Tamba facilitators who deliver this course are trained and experienced volunteers who are also parents of multiples themselves.

This highly popular course is an essential 'Must Attend' for every expectant multiples parent.

In this 2 hour seminar we will share with you:

  • What makes multiple birth pregnancies different from singleton pregnancies
  • What equipment is essential for multiples families
  • Why organising support for when you get home is important and how it will help you cope better in the early days - we will provide an overview on available options
  • Tips on how to make your time in hospital as positive as possible - even if your babies arrive early
  • Insights on how newborn babies sleep so you can be better prepared for the challenges ahead
  • Multiple birth babies are more likely to be born early - in this presentation we will share tips that can help you prepare for this possibility
  • Top tips to help take the stress out of changing/bathing more than one baby and coping with crying
  • Research has shown that parents who get out and about with their babies are less isolated and better able to cope emotionally.  We share top tips on getting out and about
  • What feeding options are available and how to go about it (breast, bottle and mixed)

Please note that the seminar does not cover the birth or any medical information - if you are interested in learning about the birth our one day Ante-Natal course may be of interest to you

Don't just take our word for it, here's some feedback from people who have attended recently

 

Who should attend? 

  • Parents expecting twns, triplets or more
  • Those expecting twins, triplets or more using a surrogate
  • Interested Grandparents and carers. Open to ALL

When should you attend?

  • This course is suitable at any point in your pregnancy

When to book?

  • This is our most popular course, and places fill up fast.  Book now to avoid disappointment

How much does the Seminar cost?

  • To ensure this course is accessible to everyone, whatever their financial situation, we have priced this course accordingly.   It costs just £5 per person (£9 in Central London due to higher venue costs)

To recap - by booking this course you are getting:

  • A Tamba trained Faciliator and parent of multiples delivering the seminar
  • Complimentary copies of Tamba's most popular booklets worth over £12 ( Healthy Multiple Pregnancy Guide, Preparing for Parenthood Guide, Neonatal Guide and Breastfeeding Multiples Guide) 
  • The invaluable opportunity to meet other expecting multiples and stay in touch if you would like to do so (a contact list is handed out)
  • Access to the best preparing for parenthood content that is written specifically by parents of multiples for parents expecting multiples

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. 

 

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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London

Central London

Wednesday 6th July Central London 7-9pm  offices of Latham & Watkins 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3XF (5 minutes walk from Liverpool St Tube) with Dr Carol Cooper There will be recent parents of multiples attending at the end to talk about their experiences

Cost: £9.00 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.

Greater London

Saturday 18th June Chiswick  (W4)10am-12 noon The Pier House,Corney Reach Way London, W4 2UG 

Saturday 10th Sept Enfield  (EN1) 2-4pm  St. Andrews Church Parish Centre, 14 Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EG

 

Regions

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. 

Eastern England

Wednesday 25th May High Wycombe (HP11) 6.30-8.30pm Conference Suite, High Wycombe YMCA, Crest Road, High Wycombe HP11 1UD

Saturday 11th June St Albans (AL4)9.30am-12 noon The Alban Way Children's Centre at Marshalwick, Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground, St Albans AL4 9QL 

Saturday 16th July Norwich (NR4) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Norwich, Ioswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6EP

East Midlands

Saturday 4th June Northampton (NN4)10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Express Northampton M1 J15, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ

Sunday 17th July Derby (DE22) 2-4pm  West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby, DE22 3BL

Saturday 1st October Leicester (LE2)2-4.30pm Keene Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH

North East

Saturday 11th June Darlington (DL1) 10am-12.30pm BMI Woodlands Hospital, Morton Park, Darlington, County Durham DL1 4PL

Saturday 20th August  Newcastle (NE1) 10am-12 noon Newcastle City Library Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX

North West

Saturday 28th May Northwich (CW8) 2.30-4.30pm  Sandiway & Cuddington Village Hall,  Norley Road, Cuddington, Nr Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2LB

Saturday 9th July Warrington (WA1) 11am-1.15pm Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road, Woolston, Warrington WA1 4PN.

 

South East

 Wednesday 25th May High Wycombe (HP11) 6.30-8.30pm Conference Suite, High Wycombe YMCA, Crest Road, High Wycombe HP11 1UD

Saturday 11th June Guildford  (GU1) 10am-12 noon Guildford Children's Centre, Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1NR (FULL)

Saturday 18th June Canterbury (CT2) 10am-12.30pm Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NP

Saturday 25th June Weybridge (KT13) 9.30am-12 noon Cleves School (Sports Hall Classroom), Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge Surrey KT13 9TS

Saturday 2nd July Basingstoke (RG21) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Grove Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EE 

Saturday 2nd July Maidenhead (SL6) 9.30am-11.30am Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1BN

Sunday 3rd July Oxford (OX4) 10am-12.30pm Rose Hill Community Centre, Carole's Way, Rose Hill, Oxford OX4 4HF 

Saturday 9th July Paddock Wood Nr Tonbridge (TN12) 2-5pm  The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Andrew, Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, Nr Tonbridge TN12 6DZ.

Saturday 16th July Reading (RG2)10am-12.30pm Katesgrove Children’s Centre, Elgar Road (Off Berkeley Avenue), Reading RG2 0BN 

 

South West

Saturday 11th June Bath (BA2) 10am-1pm Southdown Methodist Church Centre , The Hallow, Bath BA2 1NJ

Saturday 6th August  Bristol (BS7) 2-5pm  Kuda Can, 7 Dongola Ave,Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9HG

Saturday 5th November  Bristol (BS7) 2-5pm  Kuda Can, 7 Dongola Ave,Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9HG

West Midlands

Saturday 20th August Birmingham (B4) 10am-12.30pm Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Snow Hill, 1 Snow Hill plaza, St Chads, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6HY  

Yorkshire & The Humber

Saturday 18th June Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW (FULL)

Thursday 4th August York (YO31) 6.45-8.45pm Post Grad Centre, 5th Floor. York Hospital, Wiggington Rd, York YO31 8HE

Saturday 6th August Sheffield (S35)9.30am-12.30pm Grenoside Reading Room, 42A School Lane. Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8QU

Thursday 17th November York (YO31) 6.45-8.45pm Post Grad Centre, 5th Floor. York Hospital, Wiggington Rd, York YO31 8HE

 Wales

Further dates to follow 

Northern Ireland

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.  

Scotland

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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Webinar

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  Wednesday 13th July 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"

 

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