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Help and Support Available During Pregnancy

Children’s Centres

Whether you are a mum, dad, grandparent, family member or carer, your local Children’s Centre provides a range of services from pregnancy to five years in a fun, family friendly and safe environment. You can see where your local Children’s Centre is and what is happening by clicking here.

Teenage Pregnancy Team and Additional Support

Incorporated within our community services we include a Teenage Pregnancy team and a Midwifery Parent Education team.

These teams consist of specialist midwives who provide enhanced midwifery care and support for clients in collaboration with Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils.

Whatever type of maternity care is chosen, community midwives, obstetric consultants and hospital midwives will be available for support.

Health & Wellbeing

We offer free referrals to smoking cessation services and support women who want to reach a healthier weight during pregnancy by working with colleagues in dietetics and the community for physical activity guidance. Please visit our Health & wellbeing during pregnancy pages for more information.

Midwifery Parent Education Team

Our Midwifery Parent Education Team (MPET) provide women and their partners with high quality and up to date evidence based education in relation to pregnancy, labour and birth, infant feeding and transition to parenthood.

MPET also provide specialised classes to under 19s, multiple pregnancy, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) and 3 hour Saturday antenatal programme.

Women who have used this service have found it very positive, with the majority of women rating the service as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

For information about classes that are held at Bedford Hospital and how to book, please telephone 01234 795747.

For classes held within Central Bedford, please use the following telephone numbers:

Ampthill – 01525 631200
Biggleswade – 01767 224161
Flitwick – 01525 714008
Sandy – 01767 699019
Shefford – 01462 615115
Stotfold – 01462 730623

(These classes are run by the 0-19 Team and a Midwife covers the session on labour, birth and pain management.)

It is advisable to book your antenatal classes early and it is ideally suitable to book to attend the classes in the months that you are between 30-37 weeks pregnant. Please note that these classes do not include the tour of the Maternity Unit – this must be booked separately on 01234 795747.

If you should have queries, please contact MPET by e-mail [email protected].