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In search of a cure for backache How to prepare your child and yourself for the first day at nursery What do I really need to buy for my new baby? 1 2 3 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 CONTENT CONTENT FEATURES Stressed-­‐Mum Competition 1 About Us Pregnancy and Birth 7 5 In Search of a Cure for Backache 10 DĞŵďĞƌƐ͛ŽƌŶĞƌ 6 The Mid-­‐Autumn Moon Festival 12 Branch Services 17 Into The Big Wide World 13 Contact Us 20 What Do I Really Need to Buy for ŚĞĞŬLJDŽŶŬĞLJ͛ƐdĞĂ Party 21 My New Baby Volunteer Vacancies 15 23 Advertising in the Newsletter 25 HELPLINES GENERAL 0300 330 0700 DISCLAIMER:
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extra cost to you. 6 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 PREGNANCY AND BIRTH : MY BREECH BIRTH LOUISE PRINCE
My daughter was breech from my '20-week scan'
onwards. She had her bottom nestled in my pelvis
and her feet touched her head! I never lay on my
back in my pregnancy, only ever on my left side,
or I would perch forward on the edge of the chair.
And from 29 weeks I made more concerted efforts
to encourage her to turn around ± everything from
yoga to somersaults in the swimming pool. But
she insisted on her comfy breech position!
At 36+4 weeks a final scan confirmed her
breech position. I began using moxibustion (a
traditional Chinese medicine) to try and turn her.
37 weeks marked my last day at work,
teaching two baby massage classes. I was
uncomfortable, with twinges and what felt like her
sticking her hands into my ULEV EXW GLGQ¶W SD\ LW
much thought.
By midnight I was uncomfortable with
severe Braxton Hicks (in fact this was my early
labour). So I jotted down phone numbers for my
independent midwife, doula and hospital, wrote
some brief bullet points on birth positions and
went to bed.
I woke at 2am feeling very uncomfortable
and lay down on the sofa, placing hot wheat bags
on my tummy and my back. The Braxton Hicks
were now like very bad period pains and after an
hour I realised, having dozed between them that
they were coming every 15 minutes.
I decided to take paracetamol and have a
bath, reasoning that if this really was labour it
might subside if I relaxed in water.
At 3.30 am my husband came into the
bathroom and asked if I was okay. He was due to
fly to Zurich on a business trip at 7.20am. Half an
hour later I rang my doula and independent
midwife. My midwife told me to have a bath and
take paracetamol ± then said she was on her way
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surge whilst trying to speak on the phone.
TENS machine on, I was getting really
uncomfortable, collapsing onto all fours during
each surge. I told hubby to start pumping up the
birth pool for my home birth. With the midwife
and doula there within an hour, it was clear there
was no going back. By 6.20am, with surges crashing over me
four times every 10 minutes, we had the
conversation about transferring to hospital. My
midwife's breech backup was on holiday and she
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breech birth at home without backup, unless I
insisted. The only thing I insisted upon was that I
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offer breech babies a normal, vaginal birth.
Within an hour we were at another
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ambulance to help me to resist the pushing urges,
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throwing my coat off as I got hot during the surge
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preparation really helped me to control my
breathing. Between surges I was telling the lady
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make it to hospital, having overheard her telling
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As the ambulance doors opened I opened
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surge. They waited for it to end before I left the
ambulance and was whisked to the labour ward.
I was vaguely aware of someone holding a sheet
up next to me and was grateful my dignity was
being preserved!
In the room I made it to the bed and set
myself in an all fours position, hanging over the
back of the bed for dear life through each surge; I
was so desperate to push, but somehow I held
back.
A vaginal examination confirmed I was
only 7cm dilated. Pushing definitely was not a
good idea. Now I accepted gas and air, which
numbed the urge enough for me to resist pushing
for a bit longer. My eyes were tight shut and I
could hear discussions going on around me. A
consultant was introducing himself, trying to set
up monitors around my tummy, talking to my
husband and trying to tell me the risks of a
vaginal breech birth versus a safe C-section
delivery.
7 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 I held my hand up each time I had a surge and
closed my eyes, shutting everything, including
this annoying man, out of my world. Finally my
doula piped up and said, 'Yes, she does
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for a positive birth thank you very much!' Exactly
what I would have loved to say! Thankfully this
consultant was clocking off anyway and my
husband asked him to leave the room!
I heard a familiar voice introducing herself.
Doctor K ± an OB I had worked with previously as
a doula myself. I was overjoyed, in fact, I think I
told her I knew who she was and I loved her!
Then my waters broke and 10 minutes
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being bore down and I clung to the plastic
padding of the back of the bed, to the point that I
kept ripping it off the Velcro!
My midwife asked me to look at her at
some point and asked if she could put a cannula
in my hand in case we went to theatre. I said 'No'
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needles!)
My hubby beside me, my doula
somewhere close, egging me on, I began
pushing. I remember asking how long I had left,
as I was concerned they would recommend a Csection if I failed to make sufficient progress. My
daughter seemed happy enough and they had to
hold the monitor on my tummy as I moved around
so much they had to follow me around the room.
After some huge pushes nothing seemed
to be happening apart from a lot of dilation. I had
an in-out catheter inserted and changed position
to lie on my left side. Examination confirmed that
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appearing. Not the best position to birth a breech
in, which became clear later.
I pushed her all out, right up to the nape of
her neck. The cheeky minx had her arms
wrapped around the outside of her legs so there
was a large clunk, which I thought was her head.
My body relaxed and I heard Dr K say it
was her head left to deliver. For the first time in
ages, I fully opened my eyes and seemed to
completely come to. I asked for jasmine oil and
my doula rubbed it into my tummy. A few minutes
later I told them no contraction was coming. I was
encouraged to wait, but I just knew my body and
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already. Dr Kirkpatrick agreed she would help me
deliver my baby by an episiotomy, tucking her
chin in with forceps. I hardly noticed the epis or
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from my body.
At 11.11am my baby was born, after 2.5
hours pushing.
They took her immediately to the resuscitaire and
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she began making little sounds! I had the
injection to help deliver the placenta (I agreed to
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I was pretty pale anyway, and wanted to avoid
bleeding). My baby was returned to me naked
with towels over the top of her.
Wow, what a feeling!
They did some investigation and thought
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as the episiotomy had cut into to my back
passage. I insisted if it had to be done it would be
under gas and air only!
Thankfully Dr K had a look and said it
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stitches (I was thrilled ± I knew she was a good
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whilst my daughter was snuggled up my
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air for the stitches in the end!
I offered her my breast, she took some
sucks, we had her weighed and gave her some
vitamin K. Then we had many cuddles and skinto-skin contact. I also had a shallow bath, aided
by my hubby and watched by a sleepy baby in the
cot, with loads of tea and toast as the room was
cleared up around us.
That evening a postnatal midwife came in
and gave me some after birth painkillers before
offering me a room upstairs, but I explained I
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my notes so I said I was quite happy to discharge
myself. So I dressed my baby and we packed our
bags to go and sat on the bed waiting to hear
when we could leave.
No medical reason was found as to why I
had to stay in, they just wanted to check my
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loo (I lied) and if I had colostrum, then reached
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Once, that is, my dad arrived with the car
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wheeled out in a wheelchair, very sore, to the
waiting car.
I got into the bath (again), went to the loo
(successfully on my own - the midwife would have
been so proud), and climbed into my own bed in
my PJs. I had a cup of tea delivered by my
attentive husband, plus a packet of biscuits, water
and everything set up for nappy changes. Then I
settled down to sleep with my baby, skin to skin
and ready to feed whenever she wanted.
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12 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 INTO THE BIG WIDE WORLD
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD-­‐ AND YOURSELF-­‐ FOR THE FIRST DAY AT NURSERY KATHRYN MEWES
It probably feels like yesterday that you were
sitting in your NCT class, learning about the birth
of your prize possession. You have watched your
child grow, reach all his/her milestones and now it
has arrived ± the first day at nursery school! Your
baby has grown up and is ready to fly the nest.
At least, for a few hours every morning or
afternoon.
I have spent the last 20 years working with
families and helping them with their children. I
have seen many a mother, and father, having to
'let go' at the nursery gate. This isn't easy initially,
but before you know it you will find yourself
glancing at the clock and saying, 'Is it already
time to pick him up?'
Nursery school is a fantastic thing for
children aged two-and-a-half to five years.
Children thrive when they are surrounded by
other children. The fundamental things that they
master at nursery are life skills that equip them for
the rest of their lives.
They will learn:
* to follow instruction
* the importance of waiting and sharing
* to watch and learn by copying others
* to recognise their place within a group, i.e., are
they a leader, thinker, joker, or follower?
* to take responsibility for their actions ± and
understand right from wrong
Not only will your child grow increasingly
independent, but he will have great fun in an
environment totally different from home.
I think that the best thing to do about the
fact that nursery school is near approaching is to
face it head on. I strongly advise that you talk
about school together with your child. By hearing
yourself talking out loud, this is also preparing you
for the fact that the day is soon to arrive. Even if
you know in your head that it is a positive
development, you will not be able to help feeling
apprehensive. This is totally natural but it must
be masked from your child.
I suggest you do all manner of things to
help prepare both yourself and your child for the
'big exciting day'.
The Practical Guide
Help your child with their independence.
Ask yourself the following:
* Can my child put on his own shoes?
* Can he put his coat on without assistance?
* Is he able to sit at a table and stay there while
he has a drink and a snack?
* Can he take himself to the loo and wipe, flush
and wash his hands alone?
* Is he able to share his toys?
* Is he good at sitting and listening to a story?
* Do you encourage your child's independence?
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The answers to these questions do not all
have to be 'yes', but if you work on strengthening
these skills it will make for an easier start at
nursery.
The ratios at nursery schools are often
one adult per three children. This means that
there is always someone there to help your child.
Do not worry if he is not able to put on his coat
etc. He will learn in time.
The Emotional Guide
Most people in this world, young and old, are
slightly resistant to change, and to the unknown.
Your child is no different so you need to reassure
your child and show them your enthusiasm for
attending school.
I can assure you that if you exude
confidence your child will follow by your example.
Tips
Talk to your child about when you went to
nursery. You may not have a clear vision at all
but you can elaborate on a story. If your child
sees that you enjoyed nursery when you were a
little girl this is wonderfully reassuring.
13 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 *Drive or walk past the school on a regular basis
and talk about what you see. The pictures on the
windows, the bright red door, the flowers in the
front garden.
* Organise play dates with children who are going
to be attending the same nursery, or maybe with
children who already attend.
* Talk together about what your child is going to
wear to school. Pick out three outfits from the
wardrobe and call them your 'nursery school
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* When your child requires the loo encourage him
to do this task alone. Praise them enormously for
this and remind them that this is what all the
children do at nursery school.
* Find opportunities in which your child has to
'wait their turn'. This can be done by playing
simple board games together. Make it clear when
it is your turn and that your child has to 'wait their
turn'.
* Find opportunities in which sharing is
necessary. This can be done with sweets or
snacks. Counting and sharing them together.
Praise your child heavily for this act, even find a
sticker to put on his shirt. Sharing is extremely
difficult for children.
* Talk positively about how there will be so many
toys and activities to do at nursery. Talk about
the sand tray, the water trough, the home corner,
the art table. Mention things that you do not have
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* Finally, ask your child if they have any questions
about nursery. Ask them what they think it will be
like. If they give little response do not continue.
They are not giving it quite as much thought as
you might be! Talk openly (if you feel your child
can comprehend) about the fact that you will miss
him/her a little and you will 'look forward' to
meeting him/her again at lunch-/tea-time.
nursery. This is a sudden realisation of the
transition process that they went through a few
hours ago. It does not mean that they have had
an unpleasant time. If that were the case, then a
member of staff would inform you.
Behaviour may be testing for the first few
weeks of starting nursery, but this will be due to
tiredness and adapting to the new routine. To
help things along and prevent overtiredness,
please remember to:
* Make meal times prompt.
* Make bed-time precise.
* Take the part of the day that he is not at nursery
calm and slow.
The Drop-Off
On the 'big day' the staff are very aware of the
children and the importance of distraction and
keeping them busy. They are professionals who
have dealt with this situation hundreds of times.
To help, try to make the drop-off:
* Swift
* Smooth
* Steady
* and don't forget to SMILE.
Try your best not to stay, because the longer you
hover the harder it is for everyone.
You
Now your child attends nursery you have an
oportunity to take time for yourself, or yourselfand
your baby. At times, try to indulge yourself. Buy
that new dress, read a magazine, relax at home,
or sit peacefully in a coffee shop and eat cake.
Kathryn Mewes's indispensible guide, The 3 Day
Nanny, is published by Vermilion. For further
information on the unique service Kathryn offers,
contact her on 07787 821525 or go to her
website, www.bespokenanny.com
Reuniting Again!
It is often common for a child to become tearful
when they see their parent after a session at
14 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 WHAT DO I REALLY NEED TO BUY FOR MY NEW BABY? CATHERINE HOOKWAY
When I was pregnant three years ago, every baby
magazine offered lists of absolutely essential ±
and very expensive ± equipment that my baby
could not possibly do without. Although, like
many expectant parents, I quite enjoyed looking
at pictures of lovely new travel systems and baby
gyms, I also found it annoying that so many
people seemed to be waiting to make money out
of my baby and her needs even before she was
born. So I decided to focus on how not to be
drawn into spending hundreds of pounds on
things you only use a couple of times, how to
decide what you really need, and how to find it
cheaply!
In late pregnancy I asked all my friends
with young children to tell me what they actually
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only bought the things that were on everyone's
list.
I also took the advice of a pal who
suggested I buy very little because it was not as if
I would be under siege after the baby was born ±
I might even feel quite keen to pop out and shop
± and if not, there would probably be willing
family, friends or mail order companies to do it for
me. With the added bonus that, once the baby
was born, I would get a realistic idea of whether
you can manage more easily with or without
certain gadgets.
One way to save money is buy secondhand items. You may be lucky enough to have
family and friends with older children, who can
lend or give you baby clothes and equipment.
But there are lots of other sources of bargains ±
charity shops, car boot sales, NCT nearly-new
sales. If you have access to the internet there are
eBay and other sites, such as the buy-and-sell
forums on www.ukparentslounge.com. Because
babies grow out of things and pass through
different stages incredibly quickly I found some
second-hand equipment and clothes that were in
fantastic condition.
For safety reasons, there are some things,
like car seats and mattresses, which you are
advised only to buy new. However, there are still
some good deals around. Check out local baby
shops, which often offer better discounts than the
larger chains and also a more personal service
for things like car-seat fitting. Online discount
shops such as www.kiddicare.com have great
bargains on all kinds of baby supplies. There is
also a good forum on babyworld.co.uk where you
can seek recommendations for any parentingrelated products, and advice on the cheapest
places to buy things, most reliable mail order
companies, and so on.
Finally I asked a few friends what items
they thought were the biggest waste of money.
Here are a few of their answers:
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almost certainly needs: a pram/buggy/pushchair;
a car seat; some basic clothes; nappies, and
somewhere for the baby to sleep plus bedding.
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16 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 BRANCH SERVICES mothers (or dad if he is the primary carer) with
babies aged under six months. The group runs
for six consecutive weeks, usually on a weekday
morning, giving new parents the opportunity to
discuss a variety of postnatal issues (e.g. sleep,
crying, feeding, work/life balance, body image,
out and about with your baby, and many more).
The course agenda is set by the group according
to their individual needs at the time and it is a
great opportunity to make new local friends who
are in a similar situation. Early days groups are
very popular with second-time (or more) parents
and of course babies are welcome! Parents can
book directly at nct.org.uk/courses or find out
more from [email protected] The NCT is
passionate about making courses available to all,
no matter what their financial circumstances;
please contact bookings if you require a
concessionary rate.
Stretch, Relax & Breathe Antenatal Course
These gentle classes will help to boost your
energy even if you are feeling very tired. The
emphasis is always on safety and comfort, and
you should finish the class feeling refreshed and
rested. You can learn to manage troublesome
pregnancy ailments, increase flexibility and
practice the breathing and relaxation skills that
are so helpful for pregnancy, labour and life as a
new parent. As well as gentle stretching and
relaxation, a different topic will be covered each
week, but the main emphasis of the class will be
practical and there will only be a small amount of
information given.
There will be refreshments and the
opportunity to meet other local mothers-to-be.
The instructor will encourage you to form a
support group and continue to meet once your
babies are born. There are up to six participants
per course.
Classes are taught by Jean
Goodliffe, local mum and NCT teacher, who also
works as a complementary therapist specialising
in Alexander Technique, Gentle Birth Method and
Baby Massage Classes. For further information
and
to
book
contact
Kara
at
[email protected] or on 0844 243 6882.
Introduction to Solids Courses
NCT Kensington & Chelsea are pleased to offer
sessions on introducing babies to solid foods,
covering topics such as when to start weaning,
purees and baby-led weaning, and what foods to
avoid.
These courses are appropriate for
parents/carers of babies aged four to six months.
Anyone responsible for a baby as they face the
transition from milk to solid foods is welcome. It
does not matter if you have already started giving
your baby solids when you come to the course, or
if your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed. Of course,
babies are welcome!
Courses will be held at Evolve Wellness
Centre in South Kensington on Friday 2nd
November and Wednesday 9th January, 10.3013.00. The cost is £40/person. Please contact
Kara at [email protected] to reserve a
place.
Baby First-aid Courses
NCT Kensington & Chelsea offers baby first-aid
courses, led by the British Red Cross. Two
courses are currently planned for Saturday, 20
October 2012, with more dates being added
soon.
Visit nct.org.uk/branches/kensingtonchelsea/baby-first-aid-courses
for
complete
course information and to book, or e-mail
[email protected]
with
any questions. Previous courses have sold out
fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Multiple Birth Antenatal Courses
NCT in south-west London runs antenatal classes
specifically for parents who are expecting a
multiple birth. The aim of the course is to prepare
you and your partner for the birth and aftercare of
your babies. The course will be led by an NCT
Antenatal Teacher who is also a mother of twins,
and includes a breastfeeding session run by an
NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor who is also a
mother of triplets.
All courses are held in SW6. For booking
and further details, please contact Louise at
[email protected]
Breast Pump Hire/Breastfeeding Counsellor
To hire a hospital-grade breast pump from the
NCT, contact Alexandra on 07707 214 515 or visit
www.nct.org.uk/shop. Alexandra is also a local
breastfeeding counsellor and can arrange to meet
you to discuss any issues.
Premature Birth Support
Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood are lifechanging experiences. It can also be a bit of a
shock when the birth happens earlier than
expected. That is why the Kensington & Chelsea
branch is pleased to offer support tailored to new
prem families.
Early Days Postnatal Courses
Early Days postnatal classes are suitable for
17 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 Our Premature Birth Support volunteer is
Kerry Hart. She is on hand to welcome prem
families to the branch and to introduce them to
the services offered by the NCT.
Kerry
understands first-hand that prem families are
juggling lots of priorities during the early days in
hospital, so she can work around their schedules
and either introduce herself over e-mail or in
person over a cuppa (at the Chelsea &
Westminster Hospital or a local NCT 'Bumps &
Babies' group).
Any NCT K&C member who cancels an
antenatal course booking due to premature birth
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* Tuesdays at Gymboree
When: Tuesdays, 12.30-13.30
Where: Gymboree, Lower Ground Floor, Baden
Powell House, 65-67 Queens Gate, SW7 5JS
Home Birth Support
We offer a supportive, friendly listening ear for
anyone who would like to:
x Talk to parents who have had a home birth
x Discuss their own home birth plans,
thoughts or concerns
x Offer support to those considering a home
birth
For anyone who is just curious and wants to
know more, our Home Birth Support contact,
Kate, can be reached at
[email protected]
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W11 2PN (opposite Stanley Gardens)
* Fridays at Maggie and Rose
When: Fridays, 10.30-12.00
Where: The Snug, Maggie and Rose, 58
Pembroke Street, W8 6NX
All groups meet weekly except for some
holidays. Groups are free to all. Donations
gratefully received. Please check for the latest
information
at
www.nct.org.uk/Kensington or
facebook.com/KensingtonAndChelseaNCT.
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and Maggie and Rose for supporting NCT
Kensington & Chelsea.
Expecting Another Baby?
The local NCT runs refresher antenatal courses
that give you a chance to:
x Reflect on your previous birth and
parenting experiences
x Build on your experiences and weigh up
options for care
x Discuss sibling rivalry and postnatal
coping strategies
x Make contact with other second-/third/fourth-time mothers in this area
The sessions may also include: relaxation,
breathing, complications, assistance, pain relief
options and feeding your baby. Classes are held
on Friday mornings in Kensington, SW5. There
will be a postnatal reunion to encourage the
group to stay in touch after the babies are born.
For details and booking: 0844 243 6882 or
[email protected]
Buggy Walks
Join a group of mums and babies for a walk
around Holland Park, followed by tea from the
café and some time in the playground. Babies
and toddlers of all ages are welcome ± we walk
as slowly as necessary for everyone to keep up.
When: Mondays, 10.00-11.30
Where: Meet at the Holland Park Café
Bumps & Babies Groups
Bumps & Babies groups are for expectant parents
and new parents with their babies. They offer a
place to chat, meet other new parents and make
friends. Occasionally we have special guests or
activities such as a talk on baby-led weaning or a
baby massage course.
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interactive play area with forest-and arcticthemed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide
and run through. It includes a dedicated soft-play
space for babies, plus arts and crafts, dressing-up
costumes, books, interactive toys and panels.
Even better, thanks to our generous
sponsor, onefinestay, admission is free and every
mum will receive a goody bag! Feel free to join
us in the café afterwards for a cup of tea.
Toddler Activities
Our Toddler Group runs a variety of activities to
keep our toddlers entertained! Some of our
exciting upcoming events are listed below, but be
sure to visit nct.org.uk/branches/kensingtonchelsea/toddler-activities as we are adding new
events and updating details all the time! E-mail
[email protected] to join our
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to help us to plan new activities!
When: Tuesday 6 November, 10:10-11:10
Where: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT
Cost: Free. Advance booking is essential at
nctnam.eventbrite.com.
Branch Team Meetings
Our next Branch Team Meeting will be held on
Tuesday 30 October 19.30-21.30 in W8. All
members and supporters are welcome to attend.
Please contact us at [email protected]
or 0844 243 0007 for the location.
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We regularly email our members about branch
news, events and current activities. This is a
cheap and quick way for us to communicate with
you.
So that you don't miss out on the latest
information from the branch, it is important that
we have an up-to-date email address at which
you can be contacted ± both antenatally and
postnatally (we get a huge number of out-of-office
replies saying 'I'm on maternity leave').
Have you moved, changed telephone
number or email address? Please keep us
informed. Just send your correct email address to
[email protected]
Natasha Wiening Photography Ltd
Bramley's Big Adventure
Bramley's Big Adventure is an indoor adventure
playground, containing a giant three-level play
frame with slides, ball pools, swings, climbs,
spooky den, giant balls, and sound effects, with
separate areas for under 5s and babies. Parents
can relax in the café area while the children play.
Online Local Directory
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online local directory, at nct.org.uk/kensingtonchelsea/local-directory. The directory provides
NCT members and local parents with a quick list
of relevant local organisations and services within
the borough. If you are a local business or
service provider and would like to be listed in the
online
directory,
please
email
[email protected]
When: Wednesday 10 October, 10.00-12.00
Where: 136 Bramley Road, Notting Hill W10 6TJ
Cost: £3 per child (accompanying adult free),
payable in cash upon arrival. Please book in
advance so we know how many to expect at
nctbramleysplay.eventbrite.com
Find Us Online
Keep up-to-date with our events and activities:
nct.org.uk/Kensington
facebook.com/KensingtonAndChelseaNCT
Twitter: @nct_kc
National Army Museum
We have made a special arrangement with the
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19 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 CONTACT US nct.org.uk/kensington
facebook.com/KensingtonAndChelseaNCT
Twitter: @nct_kc
Premature Birth Support
Contact: Kerry at
[email protected]
Advertising
Contact: [email protected]
Sling Library
Contact: Abby
at [email protected]
Antenatal Courses
See nct.org.uk/courses for details.
Contact: Kara at [email protected] or
0844 243 6882
Toddler Activities
Contact: [email protected]
Volunteering/Branch Services
Contact: [email protected] or
0844 243 0007
Baby First-Aid Courses
Contact:
[email protected]
Breastfeeding Support
Contact: National Breastfeeding Line on
0300 330 0771
Locally: Alexandra on 07717 214 515
Breast Pump Hire
Hospital grade breast pumps are available for hire
or to purchase through NCT.
Contact: Alexandra on 07717 214 515
Home Birth Support
Contact: Kate at
[email protected]
Nearly New Sales
Contact: [email protected] or
0844 243 0007
Newsletter
Contact: [email protected]
Parent Support
Including Bumps and Babies and all other
upcoming events
Contact: [email protected] or
0844 243 0007
20 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 ǯ PARTY PARTY! MIRANDA THWAITES Photos by Natasha Wiening
With 70 family tickets sold in total, our Cheeky
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event was a huge success.
Cupcake provided picnic lunchboxes and
cupcakes for everyone to enjoy. Peter Rabbit
Organics provided plenty of juices for
everyone. Mums also had the treat of a mini
manicure at the Cupcake pampering station on
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Froggle Parties kept the children entranced with
magic shows, puppet shows, bubble blowing and
games. Performances from Classical Babies and
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event.
technique. Meanwhile, toddlers and older
children were spellbound as they were taken into
a fantasy world by Magical Designs face
painting. As if by magic, tigers, fairies and
superheroes began to appear everywhere!
Children were also delighted with the
dreamlike tattoos provided by Bigoodi, and little
hands were kept busy and imaginations ran free
in the mask making and colouring station
provided by /RQGRQ&KLOGUHQ¶V$FXSXQFWXUH
There were many more stalls on the day,
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jewellery, Natasha Wiening Photography, and of
course, the ever popular NCT refreshments
table. Thank you to all of you who spent time
baking for the refreshments table and also special
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donations. The refreshments proved so popular
that they were virtually sold out too.
There was also the chance to try your luck
at the NCT tombola station and win one of 19
amazing prizes. We would like to congratulate all
our 19 lucky winners!
We would like to thank all our members
that supported this important NCT fundraising
event, and all the volunteers whose hard work
made the event possible.
We raised
approximately £750 for the NCT charity, and a lot
of fun was had by all in the process.
The younger babies were treated to a
lovely relaxing massage at the Northcote Baby
Massage station, where mums were also able to
brush
up
on
their
massage
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lending us the tables for many of our stalls on the day. And of course huge thanks to our lead sponsor
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22 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 VOLUNTEER VACANCIES PARTY! We are seeking volunteers for our branch team.
If you are interested in any of the following
positions, or want to learn about other ways you
can
help,
please
get
in
touch
at
[email protected] or 0844 243 0007.
Full role descriptions are available at
nct.org.uk/branches/kensington-chelsea/getinvolved and on Babble, the NCT intranet.
promote fundraising and social events, and
advertise volunteering opportunities
* able to edit copy for the web and achieve
optimum layout so that browsers can find what
they need.
A successful Webmaster is a good
communicator, making the branch web pages an
interesting mix of local information and
advertising relevant to the readership. Being the
Webmaster may be challenging at times, but it is
fun, interesting and worthwhile. A computer with
internet access is essential.
Bumps & Babies Volunteers
Enjoy your Bumps & Babies group? Why not join
a volunteer rota to host every once in a while? All
you have to do is be there to hand around the
sign-in sheet, accept donations and make sure
that everyone is having a good time. Ideally, we
like to have a large rota of volunteers for each
group to lessen the commitment for each
individual.
Branch Press and Publicity Officer
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communicate effectively and persuasively about
the NCT in order to maximise opportunities for
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media coverage and other publicity materials. A
successful Publicity Officer is confident and
creative, able to build up relationships with the
local media to publicise and celebrate branch
activities and the achievements of the NCT as a
whole. 87% of people in the UK read their local
newspaper and 70% listen to their local radio
station, which shows the value of the Publicity
Officer role.
Events and Courses
None of our groups, events or courses can
happen without volunteers! Every time we hold
an NCT event, we need at least one person there
to represent our branch. Duties vary depending
on the event, but usually include things like
unlocking the door, greeting guests, helping with
refreshments, and taking donations. If you have
a few hours to spare and would like to help us
keep all our exciting programmes running, please
do get in touch. You can help out once or
become a regular volunteer.
Fundraising Co-ordinator
By raising money for the NCT, the Fundraising
Co-ordinator helps our branch to provide services
for local parents, and support the wider work of
the charity for over a million parents every year.
Duties include:
* helping the branch to raise as much money as
possible
* being a positive, motivational organiser and
delegator
* working closely with the treasurer in
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events and commercial support
Branch Secretary
The Branch Secretary is administrator for the
branch team, working closely with the Branch Coordinator. The Branch Secretary is also the
Volunteer Co-ordinator, ensuring that registration
of volunteers is kept up to date. A successful
Branch Secretary assists the Branch Co-ordinator
in knowing what branches are expected to do,
planning and organising meetings, and recruiting,
retaining and supporting volunteers.
Grant Fundraising Co-ordinator
The Grant Fundraising Co-ordinator receives lots
of support from the UK Office Fundraising Team.
Successful grant applications bring considerable
sums of money to the charity, so you would enjoy
the satisfaction of enabling meaningful change for
families near you. The Grant Fundraising Coordinator:
* works across the branch, planning the funding
of projects for local parents and parents-to-be
* researches potential funding bodies
* writes (or assists others to write) funding
applications.
Branch Webmaster
Every branch website helps the NCT achieve its
goal of communicating to all parents-to-be and
new parents that we are a charity able to help
them with information, services and support.
Creative, interesting and up to date web materials
really do make a difference to parents in your
local area.
The Branch Webmaster is:
* able to work closely with the branch team to
keep the branch web pages up to date, to make
branch activities for parents accessible, to
23 NCT ·∙ Kensington & Chelsea Branch Newsletter ·∙ Autumn 2012 New Volunteer Coffee Mornings
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for the NCT? Then we want to meet you! We hold a series of
gatherings throughout the year to give you a chance to get to know us a little bit better, and to discuss how
your particular skills and interests can be helpful to our branch. The next coffee morning will be held on
Tuesday, 30th October in W8. RSVP to [email protected] or 0844 243 0007.
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and white. This is professionally printed. It is sent to all our 480 members, to our new members joining
between issues, to parents-to-be booking antenatal courses and to other similar parties. Our current print
run is 700.
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opportunities are limited, so will be offered on first come, first served basis. We endeavour to email invoices
within the week. Payment must be received prior to the advertising deadline to secure placement of
the advert.
Contact: [email protected] or 0844 243 0007
© Kensington & Chelsea NCT 2012
Please contact the Editor if you wish to reproduce anything in this newsletter at
[email protected]
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