If money is an issue just ask them - they can reduce the fee to much less than that. Yes of course you can get the info other ways and meet people other ways, however for me the main benefit was my DH getting the info and meeting other dads - he would not have done that by himself I don't think.
No. I made friends at the surestart centre once baby arrived. Which was a free drop in group. I did go to two classes run by the hospital but I was unaware that I was meant to be making friends with anyone!
I wish I would have done them. Not for the info as others have said you can find everything online & in books. I regret not joining for the social aspect. Iv met a great group of girls from my postnatal group @ the children's centre but NCT is really popular in my area & all the mums are really close to their groups. If I have another bubba I will def join up
No, but I am a joiner and ended up helping out with loads of groups and things anyway. More natural who you fall in with then too. Also, poss not for London, but here your NCT group would be spread over a wider geographical area than where you'd end up bobbling about with baby. Most mums I know did NCT but got together much less often more formally than with our very local social group. Also aquanatal here does a squash and a biscuit afterwards