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

To book with a midwife, you can ask your GP to arrange this or call 01274 364502 (available 3 days per week)

For all other midwifery enquiries please call Bradford Royal Infirmary switchboard 01274 542200 and ask for the maternity department you require for example, the labour ward, antenatal clinic, or early pregnancy unit.

Airedale midwives

Telephone 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:

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. For further information about the project or to offer any suggestions you may have for working together in Bradford, call 01274 383409.

Bradford Doulas

Bradford Doulas offer practical and emotional support to pregnant mums six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.

Doula is the Greek word for wise-woman. Acting as a 'professional friend' the volunteer doulas support women to make the best choices for themselves and their babies, helping them to achieve a positive birth experience and building their knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about childbirth, nutrition and breastfeeding. Support from volunteer doulas can also connect families into network of other support services

Bradford Doulas Project support all women across Bradford City Wards and Better Start Bradford.

Call to refer 01274 223232 or email

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: 0800 953 0966 (members of the public), 01274 433999 (practitioners)
  • Working tax credit: for families with low income; 0845 300 3900
  • NHS search service: for help with finding a GP, dentist or hospital phone 111