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Middle Classes Flock Towards Private Ante Natal Classes

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The Royal College of Midwives have suggested that middle-class parents to be are becoming increasingly likely to pay for ante-natal classes as NHS services are affected by cuts.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the country’s most popular private provider of ante natal classes, has seen an increase in numbers of almost 100% since 2005. The charity suggests that, on average, almost 10% of first time parents attend a course of NCT classes at a cost of around £187.

Statistics show that 90% of NCT members are within the highest 50% of earners in the country, with 20% earning over £80,000. On average, members have an annual salary of £40,000 compared to the UK average of 25,900.

NCT employee, Amy Maclean, suggests that she has seen more middle class parents attend her classes as prices have become more expensive.

“When couples are charged, you are going to get a different demographic, and that’s where we get this unfortunate reputation of being white middle-class practitioners, while in fact the majority of our practitioners yearn to work with parents who couldn’t access education by payment,” she said.

Janet Fyle, policy advisor for the Royal College of Midwives, added that in trying to tackle work shy families, David Cameron should start at the very beginning.

“ Antenatal classes are very important for early development…I am not saying that is the reason for what has happened [the riots], but if you have confident parents you have successful parents.”

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