Pregnancy and new baby support
Due to Covid-19 and government restrictions, many children and family services will continue to operate but in a different way. Please contact the individual services to find out more about the ways they are continuing to deliver support during lockdown.
Due to Covid-19 and government restrictions, many children and family services will continue to operate but in a different way.
Please contact the individual services to find out more about the ways they are continuing to deliver support during lockdown.
Support during pregnancy, pre-birth and with your new baby can often be referred to as antenatal, perinatal and postnatal support.
Your baby and child's health and development has more information on services provided by midwives, health visitors and the school nurse health and wellbeing service.
- Midwife - Midwives will support you through pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. They can tell you about the different support that’s on offer and help you decide what’s right for you.
- Health Visitors - Health visitors are trained to listen to you and help in the early years of being a parent. They can visit more often if required.
- Family Nurse - This is a voluntary home visiting programme for young mums and their families, that works with you to have a healthy pregnancy, support your child’s health and development, and helps you to plan your own future and achieve your goals. It is available to mums aged 19 or under. A family nurse will work with you to deliver the Family Nurse Partnership Programme as well as undertaking the role of a health visitor. Contact: email@example.com.
- Baby Steps is a group programme designed to help you prepare for the birth of your baby and afterwards. Welcoming your baby into the world can be very exciting but also has its challenges and can leave some people feeling worried. Baby Steps aims to help you cope with all the new experiences that will come your way. Groups start around the 28th week of pregnancy and meet weekly for seven 2-hour sessions before your baby is born and then 3 sessions afterwards. After your baby is born, the people leading the group will come and see you at home to meet your baby and see how you are. Baby Steps is currently available in Nuneaton and Bedworth and Rugby Boroughs. For more information, ask your midwife or contact Wendy Allen, Baby Steps Co-ordinator, Telephone: 07776 221898. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Children and Family Centres - One in four parents in Warwickshire have told us that they have felt lonely and isolated. To find support and meet other parents in your local area ask at your local centre. Check their website or Facebook pages to find timetables of all the events and activities being run from the centres.
- Find your local GP
- Stop smoking in pregnancy - Support is available to help you stop smoking from Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service.
Help with baby essentials and clothing
New parents who are struggling to afford essential items for their baby or young child can apply to the following not for profit organisations to receive items such as baby starter packs, clothing, cots, pushchairs, as well as formula and feeding equipment. All items are new or good quality pre-loved.
For Little Bird and Baby Godiva, please complete the self-referral online form. For Baby Basics, you will need a professional referral - for example your health visitor, a family support worker, or call the Family Information Service who can make the referral for you:
- Mamma Mia - In addition to the care you receive from your healthcare teams, this free online self-help support tool is available for pregnant women in Coventry and Warwickshire.
- ICON is an online resource about infant crying and how to cope. The advice page for parents contains some useful videos which explain early infant crying, ways to cope, how to soothe and comfort your baby, tips on parent relaxation methods and dads talk.
- Baby Buddy is a free downloadable app designed to guide you through pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond.
- Getting to know your baby - A series of useful videos covering bonding, baby states, early interactions and sleeping and soothing.
- Small Talk - Little ways to make a big difference.
- NHS Your pregnancy and baby guide takes you from finding out you are pregnant through keeping well in pregnancy, labour and birth, your new baby and a forum to connect with others.
- Best Beginnings - Pregnancy and Postnatal exercise videos to help you keep active during pregnancy and beyond.
- Tommy’s having a safe and healthy pregnancy - Midwife-led information covering everything you need to know about having a safe and healthy pregnancy from conception to birth.
- Your Baby’s Mum: Tommy’s Wellbeing Plan helps you start thinking not just about your new baby but about how you feel emotionally and what support you might need in your pregnancy and after the birth. Watch the video and click through to create a pregnancy and post-birth
- wellbeing plan.
- Bounty Pregnancy Information Pack - Practical advice plus all the latest medical information that you can refer to time and time again throughout your pregnancy.
- National Childbirth Trust (NCT) New Parent Support - While your baby is getting a lot of attention at this stage, what about you? Support and tips for parents from other mums and dads.
- Understanding Your Pregnancy and Understanding Your Baby - Two free online guides designed to help you bond with your baby. They are also used by Warwickshire midwives and health visitors in the work that they do with children and families.
- NHS Tips for new parents - A quick guide to everything you need to know about caring for your new baby in those first few weeks.
- From dads to dads - Offers 'real-life experiences and real-life useful facts’ for dads from experts in that field along with articles by dads for dads sharing their experiences.
- Dad Info - Basic advice for the fathers of newborn children on bonding with their children.
- Little Lullaby - Support for young parents by young parents.
- Hungry Little Minds has lots of ideas and activities to share with your baby and child to help them learn and bond.
- DadPad - A guide specifically for new dads developed by the NHS, giving the knowledge and practical skills to support you and your partner give your baby the best start in life. The resource comes as a 38-page wipe-clean pad and is available for £10.
- Mush - Download the Mush app to meet mums with similar aged children and interests in your area. The app connects mums and mums-to-be with their local community to share advice and support via one-to-one or group chats in a secure messaging system. Mush is endorsed by the NHS.
- Just the One - Helps expectant parents understand why it's important to avoid alcohol during pregnancy and gives tips on how they can manage stresses and strengthen their relationship while avoiding alcohol.
- IHV - New Dad? You're not alone - An information factographic created by fathers and health visitors to support new dads.
- IHV - New parent during the pandemic? - An information factographic to support new parents who had a baby during the pandemic.