The Baby Buddy is a free app which guides you through your pregnancy and the first 6 months following your baby’s birth. It is designed to help you look after your baby’s mental and physical health, as well as your own, and give your baby the best start in life.
A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. You don’t have to create a birth plan but, if you would like one, your midwife will be able to help:
Pregnancy brings about big changes to your life, especially if this is your first baby. Some people cope with these changes easily, while others find it harder. Everybody is different.
A health visitor will usually visit you at home for the first time around 10 days after your baby is born. Until then you’ll be under the care of your local midwives.
A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife who has had extra training. They’re there to help you, your family and your new baby stay healthy.
Your health visitor can visit you at home, or you can see them at your child health clinic/GP surgery, depending on where they’re based. They’ll make sure you have their phone number.
If you’re bringing up a child on your own or struggling for any reason, your health visitor can offer you extra support.
Midwives deliver babies and provide antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families.
To find your nearest parent and baby groups:
NHS advice and guidance for pregnant women including calculating your due date, week by week guide, tests and scans and staying healthy: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/services-support-for-parents/?tabname=im-pregnant#websites-helplines-and-support-groups-for-parents
Register your baby with a GP as early as possible in case you need their help. You can use the pink card you’ll be given when you register your baby’s birth. Sign the card and take or post it to your GP.
If you want the GP to see your baby before you have registered the birth, you can go to the surgery and fill in a registration form there.
If you move, register with a new doctor close to you as soon as possible. If your baby isn’t yet registered with a GP but needs to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from any GP practice.
As a new parent you’re bound to have questions on everything from getting breastfeeding started, to washing and bathing your baby and changing their nappy.