Your own health is always important and if you are thinking about having a baby you want to be as healthy as possible
You can find information about the NHS locally and nationally,, including an overview of how the NHS works, by going to www.nhs.uk. You can access information on each local family practice, pharmacy, optician and dentist surgery as well as NHS organisations.
Get useful information and advice about looking after you and your baby's health in the Every Baby Matters leaflet.
The Bumps to Babies booklet shows mums and families throughout the Bradford district where they can find support during pregnancy and for young children aged 0-5 years. NHS midwifery and health visiting teams provide essential support throughout every stage of a woman’s pregnancy and through the early years.
Book early and directly with your midwife and be sure to keep your antenatal appointments. Seeing your midwife in early pregnancy helps to ensure the best outcome for you and your baby.
Bradford midwives can be contacted on: 01274 364502
Airedale midwives can be contacted on: 01535 292120
Smoking can increase your risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. Passive smoking is also harmful so it is important to encourage other family members to stop smoking and ensure your home is smoke free. Stopping smoking is more successful with support. Find out more about stopping smoking, or contact your local Stop Smoking Service on 01274 437700.
The aim of Born in Bradford is to improve the health of the whole city. The views of individuals, groups and organisations can help to make the study better and more relevant. Get in touch with Ann Barratt, Family Liaison Officer (Ann.Barratt@bthft.nhs.uk), for further information about the project or to offer any suggestions you may have for working together in Bradford on 01274 383409 or 07534 978940.
Action for the Community’s (ACL’s) innovative Bradford Doulas project trains community volunteers to work with expectant mums from about two months before the birth to about six weeks after with the aim of improving the health and well-being of mother and baby. For further information on the programme, to enquire about training as a volunteer or to register as an expectant mum, contact Project Co-ordinator, Aliya Fazal or call 01274 223201.