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Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding

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Essential tips for new dads

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Babies don’t come with a set of instructions, so if you're a new dad who would like more information on how to care for your baby and what to expect as a first-time dad, download the PDFDadPad DadPad 3mb.

This essential guide provides tips on everything from caring for a crying baby and how babies like to be held, to how you can support your partner with breastfeeding and how to survive with little sleep.

Finding out you’re pregnant

If you are not sure if you are pregnant or not, free pregnancy testing is available through your GP or you can buy a test at your local pharmacy.

If you’re under 24 years old you can also access testing through a No Worries pharmacy.

As soon as you know you are pregnant contact your GP via your local surgery to plan your pregnancy.

Keeping active and healthy during pregnancy

It’s very important that you keep healthy during pregnancy by eating well, keeping active, avoiding alcohol and smoking. Find out more by reading the pregnancy and baby guide on the NHS Choices website.

The Healthy Start Scheme provides vouchers to some pregnant women and families. The vouchers can be exchanged locally for milk and vegetables and vitamins for you and your baby. To find out if you can apply for these vouchers visit the Healthy Start website.

If you smoke, get advice and support to stop

We know that it can be difficult to quit smoking. But we also know that you want to give your baby the best possible start in life.

No matter what stage you're at in your pregnancy, it's never too late to stop smoking. Speak to your midwife or local maternity unit for details of support available.

Breastfeeding help and support

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Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby’s life, although any amount of breastfeeding has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed the greater the benefits.

The Mum2Mum scheme in Wiltshire provides trained volunteers with experience of breastfeeding their own children – available at those venues marked with the Mum2Mum logo either on a group or one-to-one basis. Please phone each venue for details.

Area Name of group Address Contact number Group time
Bulford Mum2Mum Bulford Children’s Centre, Hubert Hamilton Road, Bulford Camp SP4 9JY 01980 632660 Mondays
10am - 11.30am
Calne Baby Buddies Calne Children’s Centre, Prince Charles Drive, Calne SN11 8PF 01249 823247 Thursdays
10am - 12 noon
Chippenham Mum2Mum Buttercup Babies King's Rise Children's Centre, Lodge Road, Chippenham, SN15 3SY 01249 463040 Wednesday
10.30am - 11.45am
Corsham Mum2Mum Church House, Corsham SN13 0BY (200m from St. Bartholomew's at no.3 Church Street Corsham) 01249 445288 Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Cricklade Mum2Mum Cricklade Children’s Centre, St. Sampson’s Infant School, Bath Road, Cricklade SN6 6AX 01793 759187 Fridays
10am - 11.30am
Devizes Mum2Mum Devizes Children’s Centre, Southbroom Infants School, The Green, Devizes SN10 5AA 01380 738691 Wednesdays
1.30pm - 3pm
Downton Mum2Mum Downton Baptist Church, South Lane, Downton SP5 3NA 01722 323208 Mondays
11am - 12.30pm
Malmesbury Mum2Mum Bumps and Breastfed babies Malmesbury Children’s Centre, Malmesbury Primary School, Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury SN16 9JR 01666 825577 Thursdays
10am - 11.30am
Marlborough Mum2Mum Marlborough Library, 91 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HD 01672 512663 Mondays 10am - 11.30am
Melksham Mum2Mum Canberra Children’s Centre, Spa Road, Melksham SN12 7NY 01225 705225 Thursdays
10.30am - 12pm
Mere Mum2Mum Mere Children's Centre, Springfield Road, Mere BA12 6EW 01747 861108 Mondays
10am - 11.30am
Salisbury Mum2Mum Little Folly Children’s Centre, (Big Folly Site), 73A Pinewood Way, Bemerton Heath, Salisbury SP2 9HX 01722 414301 Mondays
1pm - 2.30pm
Salisbury Mum2Mum Salisbury City/Elim Children’s Centre, St. Edmunds, Church Street, Salisbury SP1 1EF 01722 323208 Wednesdays
10.30am - 12pm
Salisbury Mum2Mum Neonatal sitting room, Neonatal Unit, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road SP2 8BJ 01722 425177 Thursdays
10am - 12.30pm
Tidworth Mum2Mum Windmill Hill Children's Centre, Wylye Road, Tidworth SP9 7QR 01980 843010 Tuesdays
10am - 11.30am
Tisbury Mum2Mum Tisbury Children's Centre, The Avenue, Tisbury SP3 6JJ 01747 870449 Thursdays
11am - 12.30pm
Trowbridge Mum2Mum Studley Green Children’s Centre, Westfield Rd, Trowbridge BA14 9JQ 01225 719753 Wednesdays
10.30am - 12pm
Warminster Mum2Mum The Avenue School, 7 The Avenue, Warminster BA12 9AA 01373 824593 Thursdays
1pm - 2pm
Westbury Mum2Mum Whitehorse Children’s Centre , Westbury Infants School, Eden Vale Road, Westbury BA13 3LY 01373 824593 Tuesdays
10.15am - 11.45am
Wilton Mum2Mum Wilton Children’s Centre, 9 West Street, Wilton SP2 0DL 01722 743364 Fridays
10am - 11.30pm
Wootton Bassett Mum2Mum Wootton Bassett Children’s Centre, Byron Avenue, Wootton Bassett SN4 8BA 01793 851224 Mondays
10.30am - 12pm

Professional health support is available from your local Midwifery or Health Visiting Team. If you are new to the area register with your local GP and ask for details.

Electric breast pumps are available on loan from your local Children’s Centre. Please go to  to find your nearest Children’s Centre.

Telephone and online support

Help and support for breastfeeding is available 24 hours a day. For more information visit the NHS pregancy and baby web pages

Breastfeeding when you’re out and about in Wiltshire

Public places in Wiltshire including cafes, restaurants, libraries, leisure centres, are showing their support for mothers to breastfeed comfortably by joining the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.  Find places local to you that are ‘Breastfeeding Welcome’.  

If you are a public place in Wiltshire, find out more about joining the scheme from our PDFBreastfeeding Welcome Guide Breastfeeding Welcome Guide 4mb

Registering the birth of your baby

All births, by law, must be registered within 42 days with a Registrar of Births and Deaths.  You can find out more information on registering the birth of your baby in Wiltshire on our website.

Would you like to improve your local maternity service?

Whether you’re a parent, or mum or dad to be, we are looking for volunteers interested in improving local maternity services and an opportunity to meet new people:  

  • You decide how much time you can get involved
  • You help decide what matters most in maternity care
  • You can make a difference

For more information or to register your interest contact Wiltshire Public Health on publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk

0300 003 4566

Out of hours:
Postal Address:

Public Health
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

In Person:

Last updated: 28 July 2016



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