Pregnancy and New Parents

Registering the birth of your child

It is the law that you register a birth within 42 days of the date of birth. To register a birth at the Wakefield or Pontefract Register Office, please book online at

Going Smoke-free during Pregnancy

Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield offer a programme to support you with going smoke-free during pregnancy. There is a range of help and advice available.

Midwifery support: pre-birth to day 10

Before the birth of your child, your midwife will organise your care and offer you a range of appointments. You can book classes that focus on your wellbeing, offer advice on your pregnancy and prepare you for birth.

The following sites list the information and classes available:
After your baby is born, your midwife will support you in deciding how to feed your baby and providing support to breastfeed. This can provide long term health benefits for you both. Visit for more information.
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Families and Babies (FAB) support with Breastfeeding

FAB is a local service who will work with your midwife and health visitor to offer breastfeeding support and information when feeding your baby.
For breastfeeding peer support groups where you can chat to other parents, search:

FAB also offer the following:

  • Online Antenatal Course
  • Infant Feeding Group

Health Visiting Support for the first 2 years

The health visiting service offers every family a series of visits and appointments to check if you and your baby are healthy and developing well.

Your health visitor will usually visit you and your baby at six key stages from 0-5 years.
To find out more visit Help with children’s health – Wakefield Council or call 0-19 Service on 0300 373 0944