Baby Steps is a free educational programme for pregnant women and their partners/family.
It prepares all soon-to-be mums and dads for becoming a parent, even if you already have children.
Baby Steps is part of normal midwifery care for people living in the LEAP area.
Baby Steps supports pregnant women and their partners/family with:
Baby Steps usually takes place in small, relaxed group settings like local children's centres.
Parents have the chance to meet other local parents and become more aware of local services. The team can explain plans for Baby Steps classes and any access requirements.
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Baby Steps is broken down into 9 sessions, each one looking at a different aspect of parenting and baby development. It's a relaxed and informal setting. See below for a description of each session.
Introductory home visit/virtual appointment
How our babies develop
Introduction to the programme and a chat about what our babies might be like.
Health and wellbeing
Looking at our health and how it affects our babies.
Becoming a parent
The challenges of parenthood.
The process of labour and birth.
Caring for a baby
Looking at ways to care for and feed babies.
Meeting our babies
Getting to know our babies and forming early relationships.
Home visit/virtual appointment
Find out how it’s all going with your new baby.
Welcoming our babies
Bring your babies to the group and getting to know them.
Bonding with our babies
And things we can do in the local area
Our family's future (the end of the programme)
Hopes and wishes for the future.
By attending Baby Steps parents gain confidence in becoming parents whilst also meeting other parents in a relaxed group atmosphere.
All eligible women are contacted by the Baby Steps team if they are known to the midwifery services at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital or King's College Hospital. They are always happy to hear from women and to answer any questions.
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