'First Baby and Parents to be' aims to bring together information and resources from across the web to help you in caring for your baby or to get ready for your new arrival.

The site does not provide any medical advice but we will endeavour to add links to reputable websites that do. Currently we are developing the site and limiting the site to England as the other countries within the UK have varying health systems, therefore all the links and info referred to on the site are for England though may be of use for other parts of the UK or are general in nature.

Some of the topics we intend to cover -

Parental leave -

Health and common ailments -

Adoption and Fostering -

Parent and Family Support Organisations, Advice and Information

Finance, Benefits, Entitlements (see below)

Safety, Essential Equipment and Basic Items

 

 

Pregnancy

To get started we have included a couple of links about pregnancy in terms of how the baby develops

To view a video from Bupa Health UK - "How a baby develops during pregnancy" click here
You may also find the full length video "Life Before Birth - In the Womb" (1 hr 42 mins) from Naked Science - click here

 

The Start4Life website is a good source of information and advice - www.nhs.uk/start4life

Also see Your pregnancy and baby guide from the NHS

and Resources for women from The Royal College of Midwives

 

Below are a selection of other videos that cover common questions.

 

What does a health visitor do?

 

What can I do about sore and painful nipples when breastfeeding?

 

The following videos are from NHS Choices

 

 

Why combine breast and bottle feeding?

 

 

Finances

For most people becoming a parent can be financially challenging - the Money Advice Service have some useful information on their website - click here

 

See the Gov.uk site for info on benefits and entitlements re 'Pregnancy and birth' - www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/pregnancy-birth

Also see the Gov.uk site for info on benefits and entitlements re 'Fostering, adoption and surrogacy' - www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/fostering-adoption-surrogacy

 

Healthy Start – is an NHS service - "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...if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18". - www.healthystart.nhs.uk

 

 

...and don't forget to register the birth at the Register Office for the area where the baby was born - see www.gov.uk/register-birth