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National Childbirth Trust antenatal teacher Celia de Vekey retires after 35 years
11:10am Friday 28th September 2012 in News
Watford branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is celebrating the career of a long-standing antenatal teacher who has retired after more than 35 years.
In that time Celia de Vekey has supported more than 1,000 couples through the life-changing transition to become parents, producing 1,189 babies.
Celia was a founder member of the Watford branch in 1975 and as well as teaching mums and dads-to-be at her home in Watford, has helped at NCT nearly new sales, visited schools with Birds, Bees and Babies exhibitions and provided first aid classes for new parents.
NCT is known for its antenatal courses where expectant couples learn together about labour, breastfeeding and what to expect as a new parent.
The main focus is to provide information for parents to make informed decisions about the birth and the early days, weeks and months with a baby.
It is a supportive environment, allowing couples to meet other parents-to-be, form friendships and support each other often long after their babies are born.
Celia said: “Teaching antenatal classes is the best job one could have, seeing couples at such a pivotal time of their lives. It is always a privilege to be part of that.”
One new parent said: “Celia, being a mother, grandmother and a former midwife, gave us practical tips and loads of encouragement.
“Celia’s course was positive, encouraging, relaxed, objective and supportive.
“We really enjoyed the classes, Celia was fantastic.”
A retirement tea is being held for Celia on Sunday, October 7. People who have attended classes with Celia, or who have worked with her and would like to attend, should email email@example.com .
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