Pregnancy and New Parents

Register your pregnancy

You can self-refer to the Maternity Service: Where possible, register before you are 10 weeks pregnant so you can be provided with full antenatal support. You will need your NHS number to complete the self-referral form. If you don’t know your NHS number, you can find it here:

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.

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

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.

At your booking appointment, your Midwife will provide you with a Mothers & Others Guide. This booklet will give you all the key information you need about making feeding choices, building strong bonds and caring for your new baby.

The Midwifery Team offer a range of antenatal classes that cover pregnancy, labour and feeding. For more information follow the links: 
After your baby is born, your midwife will support you in deciding how to feed your baby and providing support to breastfeed. Care can be provided up to 28 days after birth if required. This can provide long term health benefits for you both. Visit for more information.
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Information for dads


As a new dad, it’s common to feel excited but also left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad provides you with the practical skills and information that you need during pregnancy, around birth and beyond. To find out more visit

Homestart -Dad Matters

Dad Matters support dads from pregnancy to age 5 with bonding, helping your baby’s brain development and your mental health. A Dad’s Coordinator can provide you with bespoke support. Call 01924 251205.

More information for dads is available on the Children’s Health Services app:

Infant crying is normal

Comforting methods can help and it is okay to walk away if your baby is safe. Never shake your baby. Talk to your health visitor or GP or visit for more info.

Safer Sleep Advice

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a clear, flat and separate sleep space. You can talk to your health visitor or visit for more information.

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


There are a number of Breastfeeding Friendly venues across the district:

Real Nappies

The average child will use 5040 nappies before they are potty trained. Nappies are NOT recyclable, so why not try a washable cloth alternative which will cost a third of the price, and if used on second and third children you will have a £0 nappy bill.

Healthy Start Vouchers

The Healthy Start Voucher can be used to buy milk, fruit and vegetables (fresh, frozen or tinned). Eligible pregnant women can claim from 10 weeks, and eligible parents with at least one child under 4 years of age. You can apply by email, phone or online:

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

New Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App

The Wakefield 0-19 Service have launched a new app. The app provides information including videos on a wide range of topics:

  • infant feeding
  • diet and nutrition
  • child development
  • perinatal, infant and child emotional health
  • making sure your child is ready for school