You and your pregnancy


COVID vaccine when pregnant, planning a family or breastfeeding

Gov.uk COVID-19 Vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding

There are many services available to support you throughout your pregnancy which detailed below:

Free courses

Bump To Baby is a three week course which provides parents to be with the information and skills they need to feel confident about making the right choices for their new baby.  Courses are delivered by Midwives, Health Visitors and Family Hub staff.   Topics include:

  • Having a healthy baby
  • Preparation for parenthood, birth and beyond
  • Communicating with your bump and baby
  • Changes in relationships
  • Getting your baby off to the best possible start
  • How babies grow and develop

Courses are usually held at your local Family Hub.  Alternatively, you can access an online resources.

Online parenting courses from the Solihull Approach

You can access free online courses on understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby for mums, dads, grandparents, friends and relations.  Written by registered midwives and NHS professionals.  Visit our parenting courses page for more details.

Healthy Cornwall provides advice and guidance to the public on general health and wellbeing topics such as support with healthy eating, weight management, physical activity, stopping smoking, and healthy pregnancy. Take a look at their supporting you to have a healthy pregnancy leaflet for more information.

Short films and guides

A baby's brain will develop depending on the positive and negative influences it gets in the first few months. This video demonstrates how this happens in a simple way.

The following short film is on parent and baby bonding.  It was produced by Tameside Attachment Service and is called 'getting it right from the start'.

The Association for Infant Mental Health produces lots of videos around getting to know your baby and bonding, starting in pregnancy.

Baby Watching: Making sense of your baby

The Institute of Health Visiting has produced the Baby Watching: Making sense of your baby guide to help you getting to know their sleep and wake states.  It will also help you understand your baby.

Pregnancy and baby guide: NHS advice

General information

Tips for new parents


Maternity pay and leave


Paternity pay and leave


Shared pay and leave


Maternity allowance


Choosing a baby car seat


What you'll need for your baby


Healthy Start
Are you pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18. With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

Parental health and wellbeing 


Action for Children


Advice for single parents


Child and adolescent mental health services


Children with new siblings


Coping with a traumatic birth


Cornwall Perinatal Mental Health Team


First light


Staying mentally well


Healthy Cornwall
Support with healthy eating, weight management, physical activity, stopping smoking, healthy pregnancy


I need help now, mental health support in Cornwall


Improving mental wellbeing


Live Well
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing


Man Down
Supporting men's health


Medicines in pregnancy
Most medicines taken during pregnancy cross the placenta and reach the baby. Before taking any medicine when you're pregnant, including painkillers, check with your pharmacist, midwife or GP that it's suitable.


Mental health


NHS pregnancy guide - the baby blues


Parenting in same sex relationships


Psychological therapy


Refuge


Relate parenting together


Relationships matter


Respect men’s advice line


Safer futures


Sex and intimacy – parent tips


We are with you - support with drug and alcohol use


Women’s Aid


Useful Apps

 

Handi app

The HANDi Paediatric app gives up to date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed.

Baby Check app

Features 19 simple checks that parents can do if their baby is showing signs of illness. Each check tests for a different symptom and when completed, a score is calculated that tells parents or carers how ill their baby is. The app then lets parents know whether their baby needs to see a doctor or health professional


DadPad

Is the essential guide for new dads.  Take a look at the website, or you can download the appl for Apple or Android devices.


Services we work with closely to support you

Midwifery

24 hour maternity triage line for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

This service is for all maternity related calls from women, birthing people and their families. It manned by midwives and is available 24 hours a day. If you have concerns please call.  Please view the short film below for more information.

 

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