Are you going to become a parent? Becoming a parent can be a very emotional experience. Emotions will differ depending on individual circumstances. Being a parent with the responsibility of bringing up a baby on your own can be quite frightening. You are not alone as there is a lot of help and support available.
Midwives and health visitors can be very helpful in the early days if you have any queries or problems. Midwives will visit you in the first couple of weeks to check on the health of mother and baby, and do routine tests, such as hearing. They will help mothers establish feeding, whether bottle or breast. Health visitors will then monitor the child’s growth and development up until they go to school.
National Childbirth Trust Enquiry Service
Offers help through pregnancy, birth and early days. Provides antenatal and antenatal courses, breast feeding counsellors, local support and reliable information.
Tel: 0870 444 8707
(Monday – Thursday, 9am–5pm & Friday 9am–4pm)
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Expert advice, guides, forums, special offers, and much more, from pregnancy to children 5 years old.
Breast Feeding Network Support Line
National Breastfeeding Helpline
Tel: 0844 2090 920
There are a number of day nurseries, crèches, playgroups, child minders etc across Powys; Contact the following to find out what is available in your area
Family Information Service (FIS)
Provides free, confidential and impartial information to parents and carers on childcare and related services in Powys for children aged 0 -25 years old.
Tel: 0300 111 0234
FIS, 2nd Floor, The Gwalia, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AA
All toddlers and children can go through difficult and trying times, it is perfectly normal. If the problem persists you can take steps to tackle it by getting advice. The following organisations are there to help you:
Newtown Newtown Integrated Family Centre
runs a weekly parent and baby group and offer flexi-care outreach workers who can help on a one-to-one basis.
Newtown Integrated Family Centre
Mochdre Industrial Estate
Tel: 01686 623230
A planned drop-in for parents and babies, also outreach workers who can visit your home, individual referral service, teenage parents weekly group.
The Undercroft, Llandrindod Wells
Tel: 01597 825 156
Brecon Surestart Children’s Centre
Based in the Youth Centre, Cradoc Road.
Playgroup Tues & Thurs afternoons.
Young Mums Group every Mon 1-3pm.
Bumps and Babies and Welsh Playgroup.
Individual family support available.
For more information contact 01874 610805
Welshpool Open Door Family Centre
Nursery, taster training sessions, after school club, family support workers
Tel: 01938 556 238
There are also toy libraries where you can try out and borrow toys.
- Play Montgomeryshire – 01686 626 713
- Play Radnor has a mobile toy library that travels around Radnorshire (ring for venues) - 01597 825156
Barnardos Powys Services & Parent Works
Newtown – 01686 617 444
Barnardos Family Group Meetings
Newtown – 01686 622 083
Provides advice on being a parent, behavioural problems etc.
Tel: 0808 800 2222
A national information line gives details of Children’s Information Services (C.I.S.s) and provides face-to-face or telephone advice on all aspects of childcare.
Tel: 0800 234 6346 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)
Thinking of continuing your education?
Schools can make special arrangements for you to continue your education if you are a parent and under 16.
To find out what options are available to you contact:
The Social Exclusion Manager on 01597 826 666.
The Powys 14-19 Network would like to thank Powys Agency for Mental Health for allowing us to copy this page which is an excerpt from their young people’s personal support directory ‘Are You…?’ reprinted in October 2008 with part funding by the 14-19 Network All young people 14- 19 years of age should have received their own copy of the directory during October/November 2008.
Please contact us with any comments about this page or the PAMH booklet.