Exit Accessibility View

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and early parenthood

Pregnancy and early parenthood is a period of great change that can impact on the short and long-term health and well being of the mother and baby.  Parents are faced with many new challenges during this time. Easy access to quality information and support during pregnancy and after the baby is born is important to help make the process as smooth as possible. 

Maternity services and choices around place of birth survey

A recent national review of maternity services highlighted the importance of women being given clear unbiased information to help them make decisions about where to give birth. Maternity services, commissioners, Public Health and user representatives in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bath and North East Somerset are keen to hear from women locally about this issue. 

If you're pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months please have your say by completing this short five minute survey during the week 24 April to 29 April 2017.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are not sure if you are pregnant or not, free pregnancy testing is available through your GP or you can buy a test at your local pharmacy.

If you’re under 24 years old you can also access testing through a No Worries pharmacy.

As soon as you know you are pregnant contact your GP via your local surgery to plan your pregnancy.

Close

It’s very important that you keep healthy during pregnancy by eating well, keeping active, avoiding alcohol and smoking. Find out more by reading the pregnancy and baby guide on the NHS Choices website.

The Healthy Start Scheme provides vouchers to some pregnant women and families. The vouchers can be exchanged locally for milk and vegetables and vitamins for you and your baby. To find out if you can apply for these vouchers visit the Healthy Start website.

Close

We know that it can be difficult to quit smoking. But we also know that you want to give your baby the best possible start in life.

No matter what stage you're at in your pregnancy, it's never too late to stop smoking. Speak to your midwife or local maternity unit for details of support available.

Close

It can be daunting making the transition to parenthood. For comprehensive information on feeding and caring for your baby go to the NHS pregnancy and baby guide.

For independent, confidential, non-judgemental breastfeeding support and information contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 (Open 9.30am to 9.30pm daily).

Close

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby's life, although any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits.

Breastfeeding support is available from trained volunteers at Mum2Mum groups and from your local midwifery or health visiting team. If you are new to the area register with your local GP and ask for details.

Electric breast pumps are available on loan from your local Children's Centre.

Close

Public places in Wiltshire including cafes, restaurants, libraries, leisure centres, are showing their support for mothers to breastfeed comfortably by joining the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.  Find places local to you that are ‘Breastfeeding Welcome’. 

If you are a public place in Wiltshire, find out more about joining the scheme from our breastfeeding welcome guide (available in the downloads section of this page).

Close

All births, by law, must be registered within 42 days with a Registrar of Births and Deaths.  You can find out more information on registering the birth of your baby in Wiltshire on our registrations page.

Close

Whether you’re a parent, or mum or dad to be, we are looking for volunteers interested in improving local maternity services and an opportunity to meet new people:  

  • You decide how much time you can get involved
  • You help decide what matters most in maternity care
  • You can make a difference

For more information or to register your interest contact Wiltshire Public Health

Close

DadPad

Babies don't come with a set of instructions, so if you're a new dad who would like more information on how to care for your baby and what to expect as a first-time dad, download the DadPad guide (available in the downloads section of this page).

This essential guide provides tips on everything from caring for a crying baby and how babies like to be held, to how you can support your partner with breastfeeding and how to survive with little sleep.

Close
mum 2 mum logo


Mum2Mum Breastfeeding support groups

Mum2Mum groups provide peer support from trained volunteers with experience of breastfeeding their own children in relaxed, welcoming environments across the county. Please phone venue to confirm day and time.


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Bulford Children’s Centre, Hubert Hamilton Road, Bulford Camp SP4 9JY

01980 632660

Mondays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Baby Buddies

Calne Children’s Centre, Priestley Primary School Prince Charles Drive, Calne SN11 8TG

01249 823247

Thursdays
10am - 12 noon


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time

Mum2Mum Buttercup Babies

King's Rise Children's Centre, Lodge Road, Chippenham, SN15 3SY

01249 445288

Wednesday
9.30am - 10.45am


Close

 

Name of group Address Contact number Group time
 Mum2Mum

 Camomile Cafe Corsham, 9 High Street, Corsham, SN13 0ES

 

 Friday 1pm-2pm

 

Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Cricklade Children’s Centre, St. Sampson’s Infant School, Bath Road, Cricklade SN6 6AX

01793 759187

Fridays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Devizes Children Centre, The Green, SN10 5AA

01380 738691

Fridays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Downton Baptist Church, South Lane, Downton SP5 3NA

01722 323208

Mondays
11am - 12.30pm


Close

 

Name of group Address Contact number Group time

Mum2Mum Bumps and Breastfed babies

Riverside Community Centre, Gloucester Road, Malmesbury, SN16 9JS

01249 445288

Starting March 2017

Thursdays
11.15am - 12.15pm

       

 

Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Marlborough Library, 91 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HD

01672 562351

Mondays 10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Canberra Children’s Centre, Spa Road, Melksham SN12 7NY

01225 705225

Thursdays
10.30am - 12pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Mere Children's Centre, Springfield Road, Mere BA12 6EW

01747 861108

Mondays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Wootton Bassett Children’s Centre, Byron Avenue, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 8BA

01793 851224

Mondays
10am - 12pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Little Folly Children’s Centre, (Big Folly Site), 73A Pinewood Way, Bemerton Heath, Salisbury SP2 9HX

01722 414301

Mondays
1pm - 2.30pm

Mum2Mum

Salisbury Methodist Church, St. Edmunds, Church Street, Salisbury SP1 1EF

01722 323208

Wednesdays
1pm - 2.30pm

Mum2Mum

Neonatal sitting room, Neonatal Unit, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road SP2 8BJ

01722 425177

Thursdays
10am - 12.30pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Windmill Hill Children's Centre, Wylye Road, Tidworth SP9 7QR

01980 843010

Tuesdays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ

01722 323208

Thursdays
11am - 12.30pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Studley Green Children’s Centre, Westfield Rd, Trowbridge BA14 9JQ

01225 719753

Wednesdays
10.30am - 12pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Warminster Baptist Church, North Row, Warminster BA12 9AD

01373 824593

Thursdays
1.30pm - 3pm


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Whitehorse Children’s Centre , Westbury Infants School, Eden Vale Road, Westbury BA13 3LY

01373 824593

Tuesdays
10.15am - 11.45am


Close


Name of group
Address
Contact number
Group time
Mum2Mum

Wilton Community Centre, West Street, Wilton, SP2 0DG

01722 323208

Mondays
10am - 11.30am


Close


Share this page

Last updated: 23 June 2017 | Last reviewed: 23 June 2017