Advice and support

Auntie Pam's: Supporting Mums-to-be

Kirklees-wide support and signposting service which offers help, guidance and information for mums and families through centres in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.

Your pregnancy and baby guide

Pregnancy testing

Pharmacists often have pregnancy testing services.

If a pregnancy test test is positive, contact your GP as soon as possible. The sooner the better for both mum and baby.

The GP will make a booking appointment with a midwife. Midwives are very important for getting information, guidance and support with the choices to be made.

Vitamins

Healthy Start

With Healthy Start, you 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.

Physical activity

Exercise during pregnancy can be helpful, particularly walking and gentle activity. Avoid high impact sports. For advice, talk to your GP or midwife.

Breastfeeding and weaning

Breastfeeding support

Support from midwives and health visitors at baby bistros and cafes in Kirklees.

Auntie Pam's peer support service can also offer early support for infant feeding immediately after birth.

Alcohol and smoking

Pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether.

Smoking when pregnant can harm the baby. Specialist advisers can help women to stop smoking.

Advice and support: Alcohol, drugs and smoking

Birth and genetic awareness

Many of us have genes that don’t work properly, and can cause serious health conditions.

People who might have concerns about inherited health conditions can visit their GP to ask questions, find out more information and understand the risks that a baby may face where parents both have faulty genes.

Genetic awareness

Healthy baby and healthy you

Services and support

Genetic Alliance UK

National charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions.

Lab Tests Online

Written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service: What to expect

You can ask for a referral to the Genetics Service either from your GP or your hospital consultant.

Forget Me Not Children's Hospice

Supports children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.

Contact a Family: All about inheritance

Support for families where children have disabilities or long term conditions.

If you are concerned about the health of a mum or baby

Contact a GP or midwife straight away.

Local organisations - Hospitals

Local organisations - Pregnancy