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Baby Steps

Baby Steps helps mums-to-be and their partners prepare for being a parent. The programme is delivered by Family Nursing and Health Care and is free for all.

Most antenatal programmes focus on the medical aspects of birth. Baby Steps goes much further and will help parents prepare for their new life with their baby.

Welcoming a baby into the world can be very exciting. But it also has its challenges and can leave some people feeling worried. Baby Steps aims to help parents cope and manage with all the new experiences that will come their way.

What happens at Baby Steps?

You’ll come along to Baby Steps with other parents-to-be. Together, we talk about:

  • how babies develop
  • how our babies develop
  • our health and wellbeing
  • becoming a parent
  • giving birth
  • caring for our babies
  • our families’ futures.

If you join the group, you will all meet up for two hours every week. Your group will be made up of other couples and single mums at a similar stage of pregnancy. It will be run by a midwife or health visitor and a Baby Steps Facilitator who has a relevant health, education or social care background. The group starts around the 26th to the 30th week of your pregnancy. There are six meetings before your baby is born and then three afterwards. When your baby is born, the person leading your group checks in with you at home to meet your baby and see how you are.

The whole group is friendly, comfortable and designed to give you and your baby the support you need to begin your life together.

If you would like to join your local Baby Steps group ask your midwife at your 16 weeks appointment or contact us directly on 01534 443600 (Family Nursing & Home Care)

NCT

All NCT courses are led by specially trained and experienced practitioners who understand what matters to new mums and dads.

This is a group session so it gives you the opportunity to meet other parents in your area. You can book a weekend course or a set of evening sessions.

The course will cover:

  • the development of your unborn baby
  • changes for you and your partner
  • your health and wellbeing
  • giving birth
  • breastfeeding
  • caring for your baby
  • which people and services are there for you

If you would like to book a spot, call 0300 330 0700

NCT essentials antenatal classes

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