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You and your pregnancy

COVID vaccine when pregnant, planning a family or breastfeeding COVID-19 Vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding

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

Free courses

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


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


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


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.


Neonatal Unit 

RCHT Neonatal Unit : information including virtual tour 

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