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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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Central London

Wednesday 25th November 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)

Thursday 28th January Central London (WC1N) 6.45-9pm Faraday 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.

Greater London

Saturday 28th November Chiswick (W4) 10am-12 noon The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG (FULL)

Saturday 30th January 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. 

Eastern England

 Saturday 21st November  St Albans  (AL4)9.30am-12 noon The Alban Way Children's Centre at Marshalwick, Sherwood Avenue Recreation Ground, St Albans AL4 9QL

Saturday 5th December Bury St Edmunds (IP22) 11am-1pm  Hyndman Centre, Hospital Rd, IP33 3JT 

Wednesday 20th January High Wycombe (HP11) 6.30-8.30pm Conference Suite, High Wycombe YMCA, Crest RoadHigh Wycombe Bucks HP11 1UD

Saturday 6th Feb Billericay  (CM12)10.30am-12.30pm Christ Church, Perry Street, Billericay CM12 0NX

East Midlands

Sunday 6th December Derby 2-4pm West End Community Centre, Mackworth Rd, Derby DE22 3BL

Saturday 16th January Leicester  (LE2) 2-4.30pm Powell Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH

Saturday 16th January Northampton  (NN4) 10am -12 noon Holiday Inn Express Northampton M1 J15, Loake Close, Grange Park Northampton NN4 5EZ

North East

Saturday 14th November Newcastle  (NE16) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Newcastle Metro Centre, Clasper Way, Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 3BE

North West

Saturday 28th November Oldham (OL12) 10.30am-12.45pm Norden Methodist Church, Edenfield Road, Norden OL12 7QE

Thursday 14th January Liverpool (L8) 7-9.30pm Home-Start John Archer Hall, 68 Upper Hill Street Liverpool L8 1YR


Saturday 23rd January Northwich (CW8) 2.30-4.30pm   Sandiway & Cuddington Village Hall,  Norley Road, Cuddington, Nr Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2LB 

 South East

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

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

Saturday 16th January Abingdon (OX14) 10am-12.30pm South Abingdon Children's Centre, Caldecott Chase, Abingdon OX14 5GZ

Wednesday 20th January High Wycombe (HP11) 6.30-8.30pm Conference Suite, High Wycombe YMCA, Crest RoadHigh Wycombe Bucks HP11 1UD

Saturday 23rd January Maidenhead (SL6) 9.30-11.30am Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1BN

Saturday 20th Febuary Billingshurst 11am-1pm Billingshurst Children and Family Centre, Station Road, Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 9RY

South West

Saturday 5th December Paulton Nr Bath (BS39) 10am-12 noon Somer Valley Enterprise Park, Paulton Valley Enterprise Park, Paulton House, Old Mills, Paulton BS39 7SX 

Sunday 17th January 2016 Plymouth (PL6)1.30-4pm  The Woolwell Centre, Darklake lane, Woolwell, Plymouth PL6 7TR

Saturday 23rd January Tiverton (EX16) 10am-12 noon  Old Heathcoat School Community Centre, 81 King St, Tiverton EX16 5JJ 

West Midlands

Saturday 28th November Evesham 10am-12 noon Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham WR11 4PJ

Saturday 23rd January Coventry (CV1) 10.30am-1pm Coventry Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry CV1 2HA

Yorkshire & The Humber

Saturday 28th November Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW (FULL)

 Wednesday 27th January York (YO31) 6.45-8.45pm  Post Grad centre, 5th floor York hospital, Wiggington road York YO31 8HE


Further dates to follow for Cardiff


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.  


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 webinars will take place on Tuesday 19th 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"


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