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COVID-19, pregnancy, feeding and early years

Becoming a parent is an exciting time but if you're pregnant or have friends or family expecting a baby during the coronavirus pandemic then you might have worries or concerns.


We've gathered the following information for expectant parents:

Information for pregnant women and their families

Mother Hub is a website set up for the women and families of Derbyshire giving trustworthy NHS advice to help you through pregnancy and early years.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has information about coronavirus infection and pregnancy for pregnant women and their families.

The NHS has a leaflet about coronavirus for parents of newborn babies. This is attached to this page.

Baby Buddy is an NHS app that you can download to guide you through your pregnancy.

Find out more about the maternity services at the Derby and Burton hospitals. The website uses BrowseAloud which enables you to have information translated into any language. It will also read information out to you as audio.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership have produced some useful videos about pregnancy and COVID-19.

Infant feeding and breastfeeding guidance and support

The national breastfeeding helpline offers telephone support and information. This includes advice on any issues with feeding, such as pain, difficulty getting baby to take the breast, or worries about how much or how often baby is drinking. Tel: 0300 100 0212 from 9:30am to 9:30pm, 7 days per week. Live online support is also available via web chat.

La Leche League GB have online information about infant feeding and coronavirus.

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers offers telephone support and coronavirus resources for new and expectant parents. Tel: 0300 330 5453 from 9:30am to 10:30pm.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has lots of advice and help for parents to be. You can call their support line tel: 0300 330 0700, every day from 8am to midnight, including bank holidays.

UNICEF UK have issued a statement on infant feeding during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Derbyshire Breastfeeding Network is continuing to offer support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Breastfeeding Network peer supporter groups

Peer supporter groups can answer questions, provide information, and be a safe place to talk:

Mental health support

PANDAS Foundation have a helpline and email support for any new parents and their networks who need support with perinatal mental illness.

You can find information about talking to your child about coronavirus on our family emotional health page.

Domestic Abuse

We have lots of help and advice on hand if you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse.

Children's centres

Our children's centres are offering advice, support and activities.

You can also visit their Facebook pages for all the latest information and updates:

Benefits, money and debt

Healthy Start vouchers

Families on certain benefits can get free milk, fruit and vegetables with Healthy Start vouchers. Find out more and check if you qualify on the Healthy Start website.

Child benefit

Visit the government website if your circumstances have changed, or you want to get the latest information about child benefits.

Smoking in pregnancy

Stopping smoking is the best thing that you can do for the health of your baby. It's also the best thing you can do for yourself. Evidence shows that people who smoke maybe at greater risk from the effects of coronavirus. You can get more information about coronavirus and smoking in pregnancy.

If you're ready to quit then Live Life Better Derbyshire offers free support to all Derbyshire residents. Tel: 0800 085 2299 to get started today.