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Southend's Children and Families Information PointSHIP Adults

You will need to inform your GP you are expecting a baby and you will be allocated a midwife. If you require any assistance finding a GP or need to contact a clinic then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service [PALS] on 0800 085 7935 for help.

Your Pregnancy and Baby Guide on NHS Choices - Click here

The Money Advice Service offers advice on managing your money before, during and after the birth of your baby. You may also be entitled to Healthy Start vouchers.

New Dads

There is plenty of support available for new dads too. Click the link in Useful Websites or contact your nearest Children's Centre where staff can advise you on groups you are welcome to attend and provide you with support.

Children's Centres

Children's Centres provide a number of support services for new and expectant parents and work closely with NHS midwives and health visitors. These services can range from Bumps groups for expectant parents to meet up for a social chat, Ante-natal classes, Breastfeeding support groups, Baby Weighing and Health Clinics, Delta Post-natal Groups, Baby Massage and more. 

More information about Local Children’s Centres - Click here

Breastfeeding Support

If you are experiencing difficulties contact your Midwife, Health Visitor or the National Breastfeeding Support line on 0300 100 0212.

Search Breastfeeding Services on SHIP – Click here

Baby Weighing Groups and Child Health Clinics

Baby weighing groups are run by Health Visitors and provide the opportunity to track your baby's weight and ask any questions you have concerning your child. 

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Baby and Toddler Activities

Baby and Toddler groups are open to any child under 5 years old and many have areas for young babies. We recommend contacting the group prior to your visit to confirm the range of activities in place and if they have vacancies as some do operate a waiting list. They also enable parents / carers the opportunity to socialise with others and meet people in similar situations enabling friendships to develop. 

Search Baby Groups (for Under 1s) on SHIP - Click here

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Childcare Options

There are lots of different childcare options but the most common for young babies are Childminders and Nurseries although some choose to leave their children with relatives, nannies or au pairs.

Some Childminder and Nurseries may also offer short term 'baby respite' if you need a few hours to yourself.