Baby Steps

The Baby Steps team is up and running in an adapted format. Please see below further information and contact details if you'd like to know more.

About Baby Steps

Baby Steps is an educational service for pregnant women and their partners/family.

It's designed to prepare soon-to-be mums and dads for becoming a parent.

How will Baby Steps support you?

Baby Steps supports pregnant women and their partners/family with having a baby, becoming a parent and giving their baby the best possible start. It includes workshops on how to care for a new baby and reducing the stress that often occurs with parents of a new baby.

Baby Steps usually takes place in small relaxed group settings, for example at local children's centres, but may be delivered virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic. This involves phone/video appointments instead of home visits and virtual group sessions instead of face-to-face classes. Also, the virtual program is shorter consisting of four antenatal group and two postnatal group sessions.  

Either way, parents have the chance to meet other local parents and become more aware of local services. The team can explain current plans for Baby Steps classes and any access requirements.

Katie joined the sessions - let her tell you how it went.

What happens when you attend Baby Steps?

Baby Steps is broken down into nine sessions, each one looking at a different aspect of parenting and baby development. It is a relaxed and informal setting, with the rough breakdown below.

For the virtual program, the same content is covered but in six sessions instead of nine. 

Session 1

How our Babies Develop

Introduction to the service and a chat about what our babies might be like.

Session 2

Health and Wellbeing

Looking at our health and how it affects our babies.

Session 3

Becoming a Parent

The challenges of parenthood.

Session 4

Giving Birth

The process of labour and birth.

Session 5

Caring for a baby

Looking at ways to care for and feed babies.

Session 6

Meeting our abies

Getting to know our babies and forming early relationships.

Home visit/virtual appointment

Find out how it’s all going with your new baby.

Session 7

Welcoming our babies

Bring your babies to the group and getting to know them.

Session 8

Bonding with our babies 

Things we can do in the local area

Session 9

Our family's future (the end of the service)

Hopes and wishes for the future.

What are the benefits of attending Baby Steps?

By attending Baby Steps parents gain confidence in becoming parents whilst also meeting other parents in a relaxed group atmosphere.

How to get involved

All eligible women are contacted by the provider if they are known to the midwifery services at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital or King's College Hospital.

If you have not been offered Baby Steps you can phone or email the team, who will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sheila O’Connor - LEAP Midwife

Phone: 07500 880 763


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