I think I'm paying about 340, incl membership. Two days 10.00-4.30 over a weekend then following Sunday few hours breast feeding session just for women. Going mid/end June so can't tell you yet if worth it but I hope so! Was actually a bit more expensive than I thought it would be but guess had no idea what to expect!
Hello, it depends which area you're in - here's a link to the NCT page on prices: http://www.nct.org.uk/courses/course-prices They are priced per hour and some courses are shorter than others. The ones I do in Tunbridge Wells are 18hrs long - 14hrs antenatal, 2hrs breastfeeding & then a 2 hr reunion once the babies are all born. Concessions are available and you can also pay in agreed instalments. You don't have to become a member to take the classes. Some courses are traditional 8 week (2hrs once a week) some are intensive (all day Sat/Sun) - depends on the teacher. Lots of people make friends for life through their NCT classes! Also, of course, you should come away with an understanding of your choices for labour, birth & early parenting and with the evidence-based information you need to make informed decisions regarding those choices depending on what's right for you and your family. Hope that helps!
While there are some NHS antenatal classes, there is very little funding. I think we were offered 1 hour at the local surestart with the community MW or slightly longer (2 hours IIRC) at the hospital which would be cancelled if they were busy, and didn't allow you to see the labour ward.
NCT would definitely give you a better chance to learn and understand and ask questions. I have heard some of the NCT tutors have more of an agenda than others but we had no problem there. As it happened we've not stayed in touch with the other families, we didn't have enough in common, so don't rely on that making it worth it.
Me and my DH went on a short course with nct (five 2hr sessions plus a 2hr reunion) which cost £110 (not including membership). We had already done the free nhs classes so thought a short course would be fine. It was much more practical and helpful than the nhs classes (where the mw couldnt be bothered to do any practical stuff and tried to get the sessions finished asap). The biggest benefit of nct is the friendships you make - it was so helpful to meet up with other mums to be before the birth and then swap stories/experiences/problems after the birth - it has been a lifesaver for me. If you can afford it, go for it imo!