The South West Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network (SWPIMH) works with and alongside the Maternity Clinical Network (SWMCN) to bring together stakeholders from across the South West region to support each other in improving the overall safety and quality of perinatal and maternity services while improving women’s experience.
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Citizens Advice Torbay provides a free, impartial and confidential service to everyone.
Advice and information on a range of employment and training issues for people of working age
CAP can help if you are struggling with debt or unemployment, need some help breaking free from habits or learning new life skills.
Support for twins, triplets or more from pregnancy onwards.
Short videos with lots of information and advice including your routine blood tests, screening for Downs, Edwards and Patau’s Syndrome, Having the right vaccinations during pregnancy and Pregnancy Myths – Smoking less.
Subtitled film to help Polish mums.
The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.
Relationship support for everyone of all ages.
Skin to skin contact helps the baby to adjust to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to initiate breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with their baby.
Skin-to-skin contact is usually referred to as the practice where a baby is dried and laid directly on their mother’s bare chest after birth, both of them covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed. Skin-to-skin contact can also take place any time a baby needs comforting or calming and to help boost a mother’s milk supply. Skin-to-skin contact is also vital in neonatal units, where it is often known as ‘kangaroo care’, helping parents to bond with their baby, as well as supporting better physical and developmental outcomes for the baby.
If your doctor or consultant has referred you for a radiology scan, there are helpful videos to help you to understand what is involved, help you to prepare for your scan and help you to feel less anxious about what is involved.
Lots of helpful information and advice on breastfeeding.
Find out about breastfeeding rates in the UK and our work to improve them.
Expecting a baby is exciting, but it can also be an expensive time. Follow the Money Advice Services steps to make sure you’re prepared for your new arrival.