Charity offers breastfeeding counsellor training

A charity is launching a targeted recruitment drive and is looking for nurses, midwives, health visitors or health professionals to train as breastfeeding counsellors, postnatal leaders or antenatal teachers.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

By training more specialist workers, the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) can reach out to help more parents throughout the UK.

NCT specialist workers all provide support to new parents throughout the life-changing transition to parenthood.

Breastfeeding counsellors offer mother-to-mother support, information and counselling on matters related to breastfeeding and babyfeeding. Antenatal teachers and postnatal leaders help parents to make decisions about the kind of birth they want and the type of parent they would like to be.

All training for breastfeeding counsellors is fully subsidised through fundraising and grants and students must have breastfed for six months themselves. Training for antenatal and postnatal students is subsidised, through funding, by up to 75%.

Studying takes two to three years, part time via a local tutor, and students graduate with a diploma from the University of Bedfordshire. Currently, the charity has over 900 students in training.

If you want to train as a breastfeeding counsellor, postnatal leader or antenatal teacher, visit www.nct.org.uk/newdirections

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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