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 £6 per person (£9 in Central London)
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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Wednesday 30th November 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 FULL - please e-mail to go on the waiting list (we also run courses in Enfield and Chiswick see below)
Thursday 19th January 6.45-9pm Central London 7-9pm offices of Latham & Watkins 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3XF (5 minutes walk from Liverpool St Tube) with Amanda Deacon. 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.
Saturday 19th November Enfield (EN1) 2-4pm St. Andrews Church Parish Centre 14 Silver StreetEnfield EN1 3EG
Saturday 3rd December Chiswick (W4) 10am-12 noon Pier House, The Pier, Corney Reach Way W4 2UG
Regional courses cost £6 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 5th November Billericay (CM12)10.30am-12.30pm Christ Church, Perry Street, Billericay CM12 0NX
Dates to follow for Stevenage and Norwich please e-mail to express interest
Sunday 20th November Derby (DE22) 2-4pm West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby, DE22 3BL
Saturday 21st January Leicester (LE2) 2-4.30pm Keene Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH
Saturday 19th November Newcastle (NE16) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Newcastle Metro Centre, Clasper Way, Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 3BE
Saturday 18th March Darlington (DL1) 10am-12.30pm BMI Woodlands Hospital, Morton Park, Darlington, County Durham DL1 4PL
Saturday 3rd December Preston (PR7) 1-3pm Waitrose Distribution Centre, 8 Eaton Ave, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, PR7 7NA
Saturday 14th January Warrington (WA1) 2-4.30pm Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall Road, Woolston Warrington WA1 4PN
Dates to follow for Rochdale please e-mail to express interest
Saturday 29th October Basingstoke (RG21) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Grove Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EE
Saturday 12th November Canterbury 10am-12.30pm Darwin Peter Brown Rood, University of Kent, Canterbury
Saturday 10th December Guildford (GU1) 10am-12 noon Guildford Children's Centre, Hazel Avenue, Bellfields, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1NR
Saturday 7th January Oxford (OX4) 10am-12.30pm Rose Hill Community Centre, Carole's Way, Rose Hill, Oxford OX4 4HF
Saturday 4th February Weybridge (KT13) 9.30am - 12 noon Cleves School (Sports Hall Classroom), Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge
Saturday 5th November Bristol (BS7) 2-5pm Kuda Can, 7 Dongola Ave,Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9HG
Saturday 3rd December Bath (BA2) 10am-1pm Southdown Methodist Church Centre , The Hallow, Bath BA2 1NJ
Saturday 12th November Birmingham (B5) 10am-1pm St Martin in the Bull Ring, Edgbaston St, Birmingham B5 5BB
Saturday 28th January Evesham (WR11) 2-4pm Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham WR11 4PJ
Yorkshire & The Humber
Saturday 5th November 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
Monday 23rd January Newport (NP10) 7-9pm Holiday Inn Express Newport, Lakeside Drive, Coedkernew, Newport NP10 8BB
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 webinars will take place on Wednesday 9th November from 7-8pm and Wednesday 11th January 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"