Maternity

Before your baby is due, you’ll need to make plans about how and where you’d like to give birth.

Maternity services

You can give birth at home, in a unit run by midwives (a midwifery unit or birth centre) or in a hospital ward.

Giving birth

Before your baby is due, you’ll need to make plans about how and where you’d like to give birth.

Help and emotional support

Having a baby can be joyful, exciting and rewarding. However, it is also common for pregnant women and new mothers or fathers to experience anxiety, depression or emotional distress.

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Tips and advice for mums-to-be on having a healthy pregnancy

Pregnancy problems: what to look out for

When you’re pregnant, every ache and pain can be a source of worry.

Your health as a new mum

A happy mum generally means a happy baby, so check out our survival guide and healthy eating tips.

So now you're pregnant... what next?

Looking after yourself is never more important than when you’re pregnant.

Seven steps to a healthy pregnancy

Now you are pregnant it is more important than ever to adopt a healthy lifestyle for the sake of your health and that of your baby.

Hepatitis B added to routine baby injections

All new babies across the UK will have an anti-hepatitis B injection added to the other routine vaccinations they are given in their early life.

Signs and stages of labour

You’re unlikely to mistake the signs of labour when the time comes, but if you’re in any doubt don't hesitate to contact your midwife.

The new mum’s guide to exercise

We’re used to seeing celebs flaunting washboard abs just two weeks after giving birth but we shouldn’t put the same pressure on ourselves, agree fitness experts.