Sometimes mums and dads need extra help to prepare for parenthood and extra support is available.
If parenting is a complete mystery and you are afraid of doing the wrong thing, don’t be embarrassed. There are professionals who can help you through this period of change in your life, and lots of informal networks where you can link up with other parents and share experiences.
For young parents, Family Nurse Partnerships is an NHS programme that provides young first-time parents with ongoing support consisting of visits from a highly trained nurse that address relationships, psychological preparation, adopting healthier lifestyles, providing good care, and planning their futures; while Gingerbread’s fact sheets offer a range of advice for single parents.
Below are links to other sources of support, such as friendship and practical help from HomeStart, expert support for families with a disabled child from Contact a Family, and in depth information about postnatal depression, as well as pages that explore some of these issues specifically from a dad’s point of view.
Family Lives offers a wealth of information on these and many other related topics and also have their own helpline. It is worth visiting the netmums website to link up with other parents in your local area.
If you have any areas of concern, feel like you won’t be able to cope or need any other special help, contact your midwife, health visiting team or GP.
- About the Family Nurse Partnership Programme for young mums
- Find out about support and friendship for families provided by HomeStart
- NHS guide to support for teenagers who are pregnant
- Family Lives helpline and other support for young parents
- Fact sheets for single parents
- Family Lives helpline and advice for dads
- Contact a Family provides support for all parents with disabled children
- Understanding postnatal depression
- Postnatal depression information for dads
- Link up with other parents in your area
- CANParent classes and advice network