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Pregnancy and Baby: parenting


Support for new and expectant mums.

Select 'View all services' to see everything available to support new mums, or browse our highlights below.

Helpful advice & guidance:

  • Have you heard of the amazing new #Look #Say #Sing #Play campaign? As a parent you can get a new tip, tailored to your child's age, each week to incorporate more 'brain-building' fun into your babies routine! > LOOK SING SAY PLAY

  • Check out Start4Life for brand-new NHS-approved complementary feeding advice, tips for each stage and simple healthy recipes: http://bit.ly/2UMcEDA…

  • Check out this brilliant video by NHS Speech and Language Therapist Kirsty Murrel: Feed Your Little One with Words

Quick Links:

Breastfeeding Support  Antenatal Classes

Your Local Family Hub  Baby Groups

Ready, Steady…Eat! – An Introduction to Solid Food

Free Stories for Bedtime  Baby Massage


Pregnancy & Birth: Health and Wellbeing Services

Find support throughout your pregnancy, right through to the birth of your little one (up to about one year of age) This includes breastfeeding support, baby massage, post and pre-natal illness along with mental health support, hypnobirthing and positive birth organisations.


Bookstart Baby Pack

You will get a Bookstart Baby pack in your baby's first year, usually from your health visitor or other health professional. Your child will also get a Bookstart Treasure pack when they are 3 or 4 years old from their nursery, playgroup or other early years setting. 

Healthy Start Vouchers

You could get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You qualify for Healthy Start Vouchers if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family are on qualifying benefits.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

You could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant. To qualify you should be expecting your first child or a multiple birth (such as twins), and you are on qualifying benefits.

Specialist support:

Support for parents with babies who have disabilities: 

Parents Carers Cornwall
Are you a parent/carer of a child with additional needs or disabilities? Do you attend meetings with schools, health services and organisations? Do you lack confidence in attending these on your own and wish you had someone who could go with you? Parents 4 Parents…07591 019548

Friends of Face2Face Cornwall Oasis Group
Are you the parent/carer of a child 0-25 with a disability or additional need? If so, please join us for a friendly chat with trained parent befrienders who can offer support and signposting. Also meet with other parent/carers in a similar situation over a cuppa!


Support for parents who have disabilities:

The Special Parenting Service
The Special Parenting Service (SPS) supports parents with a learning disability or difficulty. Our team helps parents by providing specialist assessment and intervention to help them achieve their parenting potential and improve outcomes for their children. The service also provides specialist consultation to health and…01209 318358

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