my partner and I joined the NCT early on in the pregnancy as friends of ours had told us what a great network of new friends they had found due to having joined the NCT.
However, I'm not sure where and how I'd meet other mums to be! Two sets of friends told us that when they joined the NCT they were matched up with other couples expecting their child at a similar time and then met up regularly - way before birth.
I went to an NCT first aid course for babies a couple of months ago and asked there how I'd meet other expecting parents and was advised to attend prenatal classes. But these prenatal classes are only about five weeks before birth and it's three Saturdays in a row only.
I wanted to go to a Nearly New Sale to see whether I could find out more there, but that was cancelled. I then wanted to go to the welcome evening in my area, but that as well was cancelled. Other meet up groups are generally breastfeeding groups or coffee mornings which take place while I'm working.
I'm new in the area we live in and we have no family or friends nearby, so I'm still feeling pretty lonely and somewhat disappointed as I'd expected more to happen from the NCT. Don't get me wrong, this forum here is amazing, but I wonder what the benefit of having paid a membership is as everything else seems to be arranged (and cancelled) by volunteers. I would've thought that there would've been more get togethers, meet ups... or what our friends told us, being matched u with other parents to be.
Does anyone know more, or have any advice? Am I missing something obvious?