Are you pregnant or thinking about having a baby?

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 You can access information on each local family practice, pharmacy, optician and dentist surgery as well as NHS organisations.

Every Baby Matters leaflet

Get useful information and advice about looking after you and your baby's health in the Every Baby Matters leaflet.

Bumps to Babies

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 in with a midwife

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

Can I get support to stop smoking?

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.

What is the link between cousin marriage and genetic disorders?

Families tell us they want better information around the issues of cousin marriage, and other close blood relationships, and genetic risk when having a baby. These leaflets aims to answer some common questions based on the facts in Bradford:

Cousin marriage and genetic disorders (2017) (1 Mb)

Cousin marriage and genetic inheritance leaflet (2016) (1 Mb)

Every Baby Matters - Inherited Conditions (2013) (612 Kb)

Born in Bradford

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 (, 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.

What is a Doula?

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.

Other useful contact numbers

  • Job Centre Plus Benefits Enquiry line: 0345 604 3719
  • Bevan House: advice and support centre for the homeless and asylum seekers: 01274 322400
  • Citizens Advice Bureau: 0844 111 444. To find your local advice centre go to
  • National domestic violence helpline: 0800 200 0247
  • Home safety equipment: 01274 437979
  • Housing advice: The Housing Options Service - housing advice: 01274 435999
  • Housing standards: help and advice on home improvements for tenants living in private rented accommodation: 01274 433531
  • Lone parent support: 0808 802 0925
  • NHS 111: telephone 111
  • NSPCC: 01274 769800
  • PALS: NHS patient advice and liaison service: 01274 364021 for Bradford Royal Infirmary or 01274 365853 for Airedale General Hospital
  • Police: for non-emergencies telephone 101
  • Relate: relationship and individual counselling:
    01274 726096
  • Samaritans: 24-hour helpline for the depressed, distressed and suicidal: 08457 909090
  • Bradford Council's children's services: 01274 437500
  • Working tax credit: for families with low income; 0845 300 3900
  • NHS Choices search service: for help with finding a GP, dentist or hospital phone 111

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