Maternity Support

Having a baby is such an exciting experience, decorating your nursery and picking out your baby’s first clothes is so much fun. For many parents getting everything ready for a new arrival can be a stressful experience too, with so much to plan and organise it is perfectly natural to feel a little overwhelmed. The child care support service is on hand to help you through the practical considerations such as how maternity rights and pay work and how to approach childcare when you are ready to return to work.

 

Maternity Policy Overview

We appreciate reading through your Trusts Maternity Policy is a lengthy task therefore we have put together a presentation slide to highlight some key areas of information which you may find useful covering maternity pay and rights, leave, flexible working and salary sacrifice information which is all available in the below PDF.

We would always recommend all expectant parents attend one of our NHS Parents Events however due to COVID-19 these events have been put on hold. Instead, we are hosting a range of Virtual Maternity Workshops to provide the support and cover the information which would have usually been accessible at the NHS Parents Events. All our virtual session are informal and welcome any questions you may have.

 

 

Virtual Maternity Workshops 

These sessions are aimed at staff who have not yet commenced maternity leave or staff preparing to return to work. They will cover topics such as maternity pay, maternity rights, returning to work, finding and funding childcare, or anything else you might need support with.

Next session – 23rd March 2022 10:00-11:00 

 

Informal NHS Parents Peer Support Forum

These sessions are aimed at staff who are parents, carers, or grandparents. Whether you are brand new to parenthood or experienced, all are welcome. They will be an opportunity to meet other parents, share experiences and spend some time socialising with people who will be experiencing similar ups and downs and challenges. You will meet other parents in a virtual environment and be able to offer peer support, a listening ear or even just vent about some of the things that you might be struggling with. You can also share your successes and milestones and build a small support network.  As everyone will have experience navigating life with children, these will be non-judgmental groups where babies, children, teenagers are welcome, and no one will mind if you have not had chance to brush your hair or sat in your dressing gown.

Next session – 17th February 2022 11:00-12:00

 

Email childcare.coordinator@bdct.nhs.uk to book onto one or both of the sessions and an MS Teams link will be sent to you.

 

As always if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team  directly who will be happy to help.

 

Useful Links

Bradford Antenatal Classes – which are open to all Trust staff even if you are not birthing in Bradford

Parent Education Team – Bradford Royal Infirmary Events | Eventbrite

 

Bradford Antenatal birth and beyond Facebook page has a lot of useful information, search @bthftmaternity

 

NHS Pregnancy and Baby guide

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby

 

NHS Choices – information on trying for a baby, pregnancy, birth & beyond

Pregnancy – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Unicef – Building a happy baby guide

Building a happy baby: A Guide for Parents Leaflet – Baby Friendly Initiative (unicef.org.uk)

 

Tommy’s Pregnancy Hub

PregnancyHub | Tommy’s (tommys.org)

 

 

Pregnancy food fact sheet
Folic acid food fact sheet
Breastfeeding food fact sheet
Downloads
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