Pregnancy & Parenting

  • Pregnancy
    • Pregnancy

      Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you need to get booked in with a local maternity service as soon as possible. You have a choice of which hospital to give birth at and where to have your antenatal appointments. Find a birth centre or maternity unit near you. Free vitamins are also available to all pregnant mothers. Keeping healthy during your pregnancy is also important. Find out how to eat well for you and your baby; healthy habits for your pregnancy and easy ways to get active.

      Once your baby is born, there is a wide range of services that are available to support you and your new family.

  • Feeding your baby
    • Feeding your baby

      Breast-feeding advice and support is available from a team of friendly and experienced Breastfeeding Supporters and helpers, who support parents and babies every day in the postnatal wards at UCH, Whittington and the Royal Free hospitals. They also provide support on the phone, through home visits and at baby feeding cafes across Islington.

  • Free Vitamins
    • Free Vitamins

      Healthy start vitamins (drops and tablets) are available free of charge for children up to the age 4 and if you trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding.

      You can collect these from children’s centres and health centres by asking at reception.

  • Vaccinations
    • Vaccinations

      Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations on time to ensure protection. If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you and check the NHS Vaccination schedule.

  • Parenting Courses
    • Parenting Courses

      Being a parent is not easy and all families need help at some stage as children grow up. Islington offers a choice of parenting classes that are run in community venues around the borough for parents at all stages – from the early years to teenagers. These cover topics such as listening to children, problem solving, developing confidence as a parent and managing teenagers’ behaviour.

      Start4Life has lots of useful information, videos and online parenting courses.

      The Islington Family Directory is a comprehensive online guide to local services.

  • Mental health support
    • Mental health support

      Sometimes being a parent and family life can be really difficult, and mental health issues can have an impact. There are a number of local services which can support parents, carers and families get through the challenging times.

      Growing Together is a free NHS service for Islington families. We help mothers, fathers and other carers of children aged 1 -5 who are experiencing anxiety, stress, feeling down or having relationship difficulties, especially if they feel this is having an impact on their family life. Ask your GP, health visitor or children’s centre staff to refer you to Growing Together.

      Islington’s Families First service supports families with school aged children up to 19 years old. You can refer yourself to the service.

      The Parent and Baby Psychology Service is a team of clinical psychologists offering services such as counselling for people expecting a baby, and parents with a baby in the first year, who are finding becoming a parent challenging. Ask your GP, health visitor, midwife or children’s centre staff to make a referral.

      If you feel that you or your partner might need some extra support consider contacting your GP, midwife or health visitor for advice or contact your local children’s centre. Other services that provide a range of support services are:

      • iCope: 020 3317 5600 (provides free, confidential help for problems such as stress, anxiety and insomnia).
      • Pandas Foundation: 0843 2898401 (helpline and email support to parents affected by postnatal depression).
      • APNI (Association for Postnatal Illness): Helpline 0207 386 0868 (network of phone, e-mail and postal volunteers, who have had, and recovered from post-natal illness).