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.
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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
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 10th October Enfield (EN1) 2-4pm St. Andrews Church Parish Centre, 14 Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EG
Saturday 28th November Chiswick (W4) 10am-12 noon The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG
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 10th October Billericay (CM12) 10.30am-12.30pm Christ Church, Perry Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 0NX
Sunday 1st November Stevenage (SG1) 2-4pm Great Ashby Community Centre, Whitehorse Lane, Stevenage SG1 6NH
Saturday 14th November Luton (LU2) 9.30-11.30am Holiday Inn Express Luton Airport, 2 Percival Way, Luton LU2 9GP
Saturday 21st November St Albans (AL4)10am-12.30pm 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
Saturday 16th January Leicester (LE2) 2-4.30pm Powell Room, Christchurch, 105A Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH
Saturday 10th October Darlington (DL1) 10am-12.15pm Darlington Fire Station, Park Place DL1 5LN
Saturday 14th November Newcastle (NE16) 10am-12 noon Holiday Inn Newcastle Metro Centre, Clasper Way, Swalwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 3BE
Thursday 1st October Liverpool (L8) 7-9pm Home-Start John Archer Hall, 68 Upper Hill Street, Liverpool L8 1YR
Tuesday 3rd November Warrington (WA1) 6.30-8.45pm Woolston Neighbourhood Hub,Hall Road, Woolston, Warrington WA1 4PN.
Saturday 17th October Billingshurst (West Sussex) (RH14) 11am-1pm Billingshurst Children and Family Centre, Station Road, Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 9RY
Saturday 14th November Weybridge (KT13) 9.30-11.30am Cleves School (Sports Hall Classroom), Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS
Saturday 14th November Portsmouth (PO6)1.30-3.30pm The Link, 48 Havant Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 2QZ
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
Sunday 11th October Plymouth (PL6)1.30-4pm The Woolwell Centre, Darklake lane, Woolwell, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Saturday 17th October Bristol (BS7)2-5pm Kuda Can, 7 Dongola Ave, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9HG
Saturday 21st November Kingsbridge (TQ7) 10am-12 noon Chillington Village Hall, Tanpits Lane,Chillington, Kingsbridge TQ7 2LG
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 28th November Evesham 10am-12 noon Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham WR11 4PJ
Yorkshire & The Humber
Wednesday 21st October Leeds (LS3) 7-9pm Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Sq, Leeds LS3 1AD
Saturday 28th November Sheffield (S1) 9.30am-12.30pm Voluntary Action Sheffield, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW
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 webinars will take place on Tuesday 10th November 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"