The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the self proclaimed 'UK's Largest Charity for Parents', has come under fire from Kirstie Allsopp, from Channel 4's Location, Location, Location.
Allsopp had other television programs stemming from her property show, all about creating the perfect home. She has a big following on twitter from mothers in particular, and so when she began a thread about the NCT, after listening to a show on Radio 4, and referring to the NCT as 'bollocks' the was a surge of responses from those who both agreed and disagreed about the charity.
"Lots of people have good NCT experiences, but many don't. This is a very politicised, dogmatic, and in my experience scary organisation." She said. In reply, one Twitter user told Kirstie: "@KirstieMAllsopp mine refused to deal with me after I had a c-section! Needless to say didn't bother when pregnant second time round!" Others claimed that they were shut down in discussions after saying that they had a caesarian section.
In contrast however, another tweeter supported the NCT: "@KirstieMAllsopp NCT classes fully prepared me for my emergency c-section and BF struggle. I guess there must be huge variation in quality".
In many experiences, the emphasis of the charity is the 'Natural' of the title, thus ostracising all theories that support caesarian sections, pain killers and bottle feeding once the child is born. However, there are always contexts in which the 'natural' way isn't the right way, and it seems that this is the problem many young women are feeling ignored about by the NCT, and the one that Allsopp is contesting. However, most women experiences are hugely positive, one tweeter sums up the charity well by saying: "without NCT I would have been isolated, having no 'baby friends'. Invaluable to me but they do need to assess consistency.."
However, all of these comments have backfired with the charity, and according to the Telegraph, are thinking about taking legal action against Allsopp. Hopefully, however, this can all be dealt with out of court by the charity acknowledging all those who have felt let down, and by working to rectify their few wrongs.