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Preparing for birth and parenthood

Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is important to contact you’re your midwife and book with your chosen maternity unit as soon as possible.

On these pages, you will find local information about your health in pregnancy and services in Lancashire and South Cumbria including;

  • planning for your baby
  • skin contact after birth
  • the value of breastmilk
  • how to access antenatal education online.

Coronavirus: Planning for birth

You and your baby’s wellbeing is our priority and we are doing all we can to ensure maternity services are personal and safe. If you are concerned about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.

You may find this information leaflet, produced by NHS England, useful


Online NHS antenatal course

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an online antenatal course has been developed by the NHS to support parents-to-be and those around them. 

The course is provided in English, Urdu and Welsh and has been written by midwives, health visitors and clinical psychologists. 

You can access the course on the Our Place website here

Technical support

Email: solihull.approach@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0121 296 4448 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)


Online infant feeding antenatal course

Immunisations

Some vaccines, such as the inactivated seasonal flu vaccine and the whooping cough vaccine, are recommended during pregnancy to protect the health of you and your baby. An inactivated vaccine does not contain a live version of the virus it is protecting against. 

Find out more information about immunisations is available on the NHS website

It is important that you and your family still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses. Contact your GP practice for more information. More information also available online: www.nhs.uk/vaccination