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Health Promotion - Pregnancy and After the Birth

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Antenatal Care

Source: nice.org.uk
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Fertility UK

Fertility UK is the national fertility awareness & Natural Family Planning service for the UK.

The service provides comprehensive and objective information to the general public and health professionals on all aspects of fertility awareness.

Source: fertilityuk.org
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Scientific Impact Paper on Reproductive Ageing

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Optimizing natural fertility: a committee opinion
Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in collaboration with the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

This Committee Opinion povides practitioners with suggestions for optimizing the likehood of achieving pregnancy in couples attempting conception who have no evidence of infertility.

Source: asrm.org
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Smoking and infertility: a committee opinion
The Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

This document reviews the evidence linking cigarette smoking with reproductive hazards for both females and males.

Source: asrm.org
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Planning a pregnancy

This booklet explains how you can prepare for pregnancy, how conception (getting pregnant) occurs and how you can improve your chances of getting pregnant. It also explains where you can get help if you are finding it difficult to get pregnant. If you are the partner of a woman who is trying for a baby you will also find useful information in this booklet. Many pregnancies are unplanned – if you have just found out you are pregnant unexpectedly, the information in this booklet will still be useful to you.

Source: fpa.org.uk
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Advice about buying self test kits for infertility

Worried that you might be infertile? Trying to get pregnant?

Source: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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Preparation for birth and beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities

A resource pack 'Preparation for birth and beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities', has been developed to help the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector in planning or leading preparation for parenthood groups and activities.

It aims to improve outcomes for babies and parents through a refreshed approach to antenatal education

Source: gov.uk
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Your pregnancy and baby - Pregnancy and baby guide - NHS Choices

Welcome to the pregnancy and baby guide

Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here.

There are more than 200 easy-to-read pages, detailed week-by-week guides and lots of expert videos, parents' tips and interactive tools to explore.

Source: nhs.uk
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Welsh Government | Pregnancy and early years

You will find information on pregnancy, childbirth, feeding your baby and much more about the important time from birth to five years.

Source: wales.gov.uk
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Ready Steady Baby!

This website is designed to be a comprehensive online resource for you and your partner from the decision to start trying for a baby, through pregnancy, labour and birth up until your baby is 12 months old.

Ready Steady Baby! helps you get ready for parenthood by taking you through the whole of your pregnancy from the early symptoms, through the antenatal care you will receive and on to advice on how to get through labour and the birth. It provides a rough guide on maternity leave and benefits and can help you with the care of your baby for the first 12 months.

Source: readysteadybaby.org.uk
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National Childbirth Trust

We offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood

Source: nct.org.uk
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Pregnancy information - Tommy's

Getting pregnant
A healthy Pregnancy
Problems in pregnancy
Our pregnancy publications
Information for health professionals
Pregnancy FAQs

Source: tommys.org
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Best Beginnings

working to give every baby in the UK the healthiest start in life

Source: bestbeginnings.org.uk
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Screening tests for you and your baby

Healthcare professionals can use this document to explain to parents the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy.

Source: gov.uk
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Thinking of getting pregnant? - Make sure you’re protected against German measles

Catching German measles (rubella) can be very serious for your baby. It can lead to blindness and deafness in your baby, and can even result in your losing the baby or having to consider a termination of your pregnancy.

This leaflet briefly describes how you can protect your unborn baby and the unborn children of those you are close to.

Source: gov.uk
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Last Checked: 18/12/13 Link Error: Report It

 

A Healthy Pregnancy

A healthy diet will benefit your baby even before it is conceived. How to achieve a healthy diet is the first topic covered in these pages. They then talk about planning your pregnancy; if you are already pregnant the subsequent pages talk about healthy eating, as well as other lifestyle tips, during your pregnancy.

Source: bandolier.org.uk
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Scientific Impact Paper on Periconceptional Folic Acid and Food Fortification in the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects

Source: rcog.org.uk
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Maternal and child nutrition

Source: nice.org.uk
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Scientific Impact Paper on Nutrition in Pregnancy

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Pregnancy

This Food Fact Sheet will help you to eat well before and during pregnancy to give your baby a good start in life.

Source: bda.uk.com
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British Nutrition Foundation Briefing Paper on Nutrition in Pregnancy

This briefing paper will outline the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy and the influence of maternal diet and nutritional status on fetal outcome. The current UK dietary recommendations for women both prior to and during pregnancy will be discussed in detail, together with their evidence basis. Food safety issues are also covered, as well as diet-related conditions during pregnancy, such as anaemia and gestational diabetes. Issues relating to specific groups, including vegetarians and teenagers, are discussed in the final section.

Source: nutrition.org.uk
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Last Checked: 18/12/13 Link Error: Report It

 

Herbs and herbal teas: Safety during pregnancy or while breastfeeding

Whether you use herbs to prevent or treat a health problem or drink herbal teas to replace caffeinated drinks, read on to find out how to make a safe choice.

Source: york.ca
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Weight management before, during and after pregnancy

Source: nice.org.uk
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Management of Women with Obesity in Pregnancy

This guideline was produced on behalf of the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Advice for mothers-to-be and new mothers

This booklet is aimed towards any woman in her childbearing year who wishes to exercise safely.

Source: pogp.csp.org.uk
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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Scientific Impact Paper on Air Travel and Pregnancy

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Air travel and pregnany

This information is for you if you are pregnant and are thinking of travelling by air. The information is relevant for short haul (under four hours), medium and long haul (over four hours) flights.

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Last Checked: 18/08/15 Link Error: Report It

 

Airport full body scanners and pregnancy

Question
Is there any evidence of risk to pregnant women from full body scanners in airports?

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Alcohol and pregnancy

This information is for you if you are pregnant or are planning to have a baby. It gives advice about what is thought to be a safe amount of alcohol to drink before and during your pregnancy. It outlines the effects of drinking above a safe limit on your baby’s development in the womb. It also tells you about available information and support if you are drinking above a safe limit.

Source: rcog.org.uk
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Review of the Fetal Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

In May 2005, the Department of Health (DH) commissioned the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) to undertake a review of the existing evidence on the effects of alcohol on a developing embryo, fetus and child with a particular focus on evidence regarding low to moderate alcohol consumption.

The main purpose of the review is to update what we know, from existing evidence, about the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure - particularly focusing on low-to-moderate levels of alcohol and binge drinking. This is important for strengthening the evidence base for health promotion messages about alcohol consumption for women who are planning to get pregnant and during pregnancy.

Source: npeu.ox.ac.uk
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth

Source: nice.org.uk
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P is for protecting babies and children from secondhand smoke

This booklet provides tips for smokers on how to protect children from secondhand smoke. The booklet also gives information on:

  • effects on children from secondhand smoke
  • tips to avoid accidents
  • help to give up smoking.
Source: healthchallengewales.org
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Last Checked: 04/11/14 Link Error: Report It

 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Postnatal care

Source: nice.org.uk
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Healthy Post-Natal Care

These pages aim to provide guidance on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after you have had your baby. You may feel that you don't have the energy to look after yourself. It is essential that you do, so that you are able to look after, and enjoy, your new baby and the rest of your family.

Source: bandolier.org.uk
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Coping with a difficult birth experience and where to get help

Source: birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance

Source: nice.org.uk
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Postnatal Sexual and Reproductive Health

This document provides guidance for health professionals on sexual and reproductive health in the postnatal period (i.e. delivery from 24 weeks gestation onwards).

Source: fsrh.org
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Post Natal Depression

The purpose of this booklet is to give some information about the many symptoms of postnatal depression, from the mildest to the most severe forms.

Source: apni.org
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The Baby Blues

After the birth of a baby about half of all mothers suffer a period of mild depression called the blues. This may last for a few hours or, at most, for a few days and then it disappears.

Source: apni.org
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BreastFedBabies.org

Breastfedbabies.org has been written and designed especially for parents in Northern Ireland to provide help and support to make breastfeeding easier. As well as explaining why breastfeeding is so important, the site offers advice and guidance on how to breastfeed, expressing breastmilk, solutions to common breastfeeding problems, weaning and returning to work.

Source: breastfedbabies.org
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Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health position statement: Breastfeeding

Source: rcpch.ac.uk
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Off to the best start
Important information about feeding your baby

The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and the Department of Health have published this leaflet to help health professionals to implement the Baby Friendly best practice standards.

The leaflet is a teaching aid for health professionals when discussing the benefits and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women, and when teaching new mothers how to breastfeed.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Department of Health breastfeeding care pathway - For Mothers

The Department of Health, with support from the Baby Friendly Initiative, has produced two breastfeeding care pathways for mothers and health professionals.

Department of Health breastfeeding care pathway - For Health Professionals

Breastfeeding care pathway is a useful one-sheet reference guide for health professionals showing the standards of care they should be providing. It is based around the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the Seven Point Plan for Sustaining Breastfeeding in the Community.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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La Leche League International
Resources

Get breastfeeding help, learn about breastfeeding and the law, find resources for health care providers or Leader and more.

Source: llli.org
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The Breastfeeding Network

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.

Source: breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
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breastfeeding.ie

Benefits
Getting Started
Breastfeeding Out & About
Support
Health Professionals

Source: breastfeeding.ie
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Questions New Mothers Ask

Breastfeeding not only provides food in the most natural form for babies, but also provides comfort, pain relief and the natural nurturing that babies need for development.

Source: abm.me.uk
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Expressing Breast Milk

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Questions Mums Ask about Stopping Breastfeeding

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British HIV Association (BHIVA) and Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA)
Position Statement on Infant Feeding in the UK

Source: bhiva.org
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A guide to infant formula for parents who are bottle feeding

This booklet is designed to help parents who are not breastfeeding decide which infant formula to use to feed their baby.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Guide to bottle feeding

The leaflet is intended to be used as a teaching aid when health professionals are teaching parents how to make up feeds as safely as possible.

how to prepare infant formula and sterilise feeding equipment to minimise the risks to your baby

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Preparing a bottle feed using baby milk powder

An information sheet to help parents who have chosen to bottle feed their babies to do so as safely as possible.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Royal College of Nursing
Formula feeds

This publication uses a Q&A format to give nurses who are caring for infants and their mothers, whether in hospital or community settings, some basic information to enable safe formula feeding.

Source: rcn.org.uk
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Infant milks in the UK
A practical guide for health professionals

This report provides information on infant milks currently available in the UK. The information will help health professionals and others who give information to parents to provide clear and accurate advice.

The report provides information on:

  • what infant milks contain and what we know about the ingredients used and their composition
  • what milks are currently available and key points about these
  • how much milk is recommended and how to make up infant milk feeds safely.
Source: firststepsnutrition.org
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Start4Life

Start4Life aims to provide health advice to pregnant women and new mothers. It also includes tips for their partners, realtives and friends to support and encourage mothers in healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their babies.

Source: nhs.uk
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Introducing solid foods

The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and the Department of Health have published this leaflet to help parents who are introducing solid food to their baby.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Weaning your Breastfed Baby onto Solid Foods

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Weaning

Weaning is the introduction of solid foods into the diet of a baby who is drinking breast milk or formula milk. It is a gradual process but, by the time they are one year old, most children will be eating chopped, mashed family food.

Source: bda.uk.com
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The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep.

Source: lullabytrust.org.uk
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The Scottish Cot Death Trust

The Scottish Cot Death Trust is the only cot death charity in Scotland trying to find the answers through funding research.

The Scottish Cot Death Trust also provides a wide range of support for bereaved families and educates the public and professionals about cot death and how to reduce the risks. By supporting the Scottish Cot Death Trust you can help us make a difference.

Source: scottishcotdeathtrust.org
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Reduce the risk of cot death

The Scottish Department of Health has produced this new leaflet about reducing the risk of cot death. This well-designed leaflet explains the safest way for your baby to sleep (on their back, in a cot beside the bed), information on maintaining an even temperature, what blankets or covers to use, the risks associated with smoking, drinking and drugs, how to use a dummy at night and the beneficial effects of breastfeeding.

The leaflet is endorsed by the Scottish Cot Death Trust and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Caring for your baby at night

This leaflet, endorsed by the RCM and FSID, is designed to offer helpful, practical advice on coping at night.

Source: unicef.org.uk
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Yellow Alert

Yellow Alert is CLDF’s prolonged jaundice in new born babies awareness campaign. Yellow Alert promotes the early diagnosis and appropriate referral for liver disease in newly born infants. It is vital that liver disease in newly born babies is identified and treated as early as possible.

Source: childliverdisease.org
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Group B Strep Support
Leaflets & Printed

We produce a range of leaflets and posters about group B Strep, all of which are free-of-charge.

Source: gbss.org.uk
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Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings
Health Protection Agency

This document gives guidance on the most common infectious diseases and the recommended periods for which children should be kept away from school or nursery.

Source: gov.uk
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A guide to immunisations for babies up to 13 months of age

This latest edition of the guide to babies’ immunisations up to 13 months of age includes information on the rotavirus vaccination and the change to the scheduling of the menC vaccinations.

Source: nhs.uk
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Childhood vaccines timeline - Vaccinations - NHS Choices

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Immunisation Scotland

This website has been developed and solely funded by NHS Health Scotland. It aims to equip the public with up-to-date information about immunisation in Scotland, including the vaccines available and diseases protected against.

Each individual vaccine page contains the answers to commonly asked questions about the vaccine and the disease or diseases it protects against. You can also search for vaccines by age group. As well as babies, children and teenagers, the website includes information about vaccines for young adults and older adults. The interactive immunisation schedule lets you see what vaccines your child needs as part of the Routine Childhood Immunisation Programme.

Source: immunisationscotland.org.uk
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