Being prepared for your baby

Helping you access the right information

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Additional links

torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/health-visiting-and-school-nursing/links/

Helpful links and websites to support you in pregnancy

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Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust

torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/health-visiting-and-school-nursing/nutrition-feeding-and-exercise/

Information from healthy eating in pregnancy, to breast and formula feeding, complimentary feeding (weaning), and healthy eating for the whole family.

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The Lullaby Trust

lullabytrust.org.uk/

Support for families and expert advice on safer sleep for babies and emotional support for bereaved families.

Our safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

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Torbay maternity services and support

torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/maternity-services/

Up to date advice and information about Torbay's maternity services

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Antenatal Course, Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby

inourplace.co.uk

Online course for everyone around the baby: Mums, Dads, Grandparents, friends and relations. Written by Registered Midwives and NHS Professionals.

This Solihull Approach antenatal online course gives parents practical information about pregnancy and birth, whilst at the same time introducing them to their baby. It's free to everyone who live in Torbay. Solihull Course & how to access

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Skin to skin contact

unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/baby-friendly-resources/implementing-standards-resources/skin-to-skin-contact/

Skin to skin contact helps the baby to adjust to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to initiate breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with their baby.

Skin-to-skin contact is usually referred to as the practice where a baby is dried and laid directly on their mother’s bare chest after birth, both of them covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed. Skin-to-skin contact can also take place any time a baby needs comforting or calming and to help boost a mother’s milk supply. Skin-to-skin contact is also vital in neonatal units, where it is often known as ‘kangaroo care’, helping parents to bond with their baby, as well as supporting better physical and developmental outcomes for the baby.

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Money Advice Service, pregnancy

moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/sorting-out-your-money-when-youre-pregnant

Expecting a baby is exciting, but it can also be an expensive time. Follow the Money Advice Services steps to make sure you’re prepared for your new arrival.

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Breastfeeding - Unicef

unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/about/breastfeeding-in-the-uk/

Find out about breastfeeding rates in the UK and our work to improve them.

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Start for Life - Breastfeeding

nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/

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NHS Torbay pregnancy ultrasound

torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/radiology/support-videos/pregnancy-ultrasound/

If your doctor or consultant has referred you for a radiology scan, there are helpful videos to help you to understand what is involved, help you to prepare for your scan and help you to feel less anxious about what is involved.

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