Pre / Post Natal Support
Having a baby is a big life event, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after pregnancy.
Pregnancy and the birth of a child can be emotionally challenging for many parents. There are a range of services who can support you:
Week by Week Support
The NHS Direct Wales and Bump, Baby & Beyond websites provide a week by week guide to your baby's development and the antenatal care you can expect, as well as lots more information:
Bump, Baby & Beyond
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood:
Parenting - NCT
Which? Birth Choice can support you to understand what choices you have and the care you can expect to receive during pregnancy and labour:
Which? Birth Choice
Emotional Wellbeing Support
Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.
Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth, and studies into postnatal depression in fathers suggest that around one in five men experience depression after becoming fathers.
Mind explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues, including possible causes, sources of treatment and support, and advice for friends and family. The website also has a list of useful contacts for anyone experiencing or supporting someone with mental health issues.
Mind - Postnatal and Perinatal Support
NCT have a range of information on emotions and mental health during and after pregnancy, including advice for mothers and fathers, information and support for "baby blues" and ways to deal with relationship stress as well as tackle issues.
NCT - Pre and Post Natal Support
Relationship Support for New Parents
Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.
There are specific information pages providing relationship support for new parents:
Support for New Parents - Relate
The Flying Start programme supports families to give children a better start in life. The programme is available in certain areas of Barry and provides childcare, parenting support, language and play, health visiting and midwifery.