Refer yourself to an NHS hospital maternity service
Bump to Baby group
Parents Matter Wellbeing Service
Babies Cry - You Can Cope
Camden Kids Talk
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A group for new and expecting parents, focusing on becoming a parent and bonding with your baby.
Becoming a dad or mum is an exciting as well as challenging time. Over the 5 weeks you will meet other parents and talk together about:
- preparing for and managing labour
- bonding with your baby before/after the birth
- working out your baby’s sounds, signals and cues
- coping with crying and comforting your baby
- becoming a parent and your changing relationships
- where to go if you need a little extra help
Book a place
Bump to Baby video - A Parent's View
You can come along on your own or with your partner or a friend/family member:
- there are 5 sessions lasting 2 hours
- the group is FREE and runs in local Camden venues
- there are 10–12 parents at each session as well as two trained group leaders.
Bump to baby leaflet (PDF)
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This is a community perinatal peer support service for new and expectant parents living in Camden, delivered by Family Lives. The service supports parents who are experiencing isolation to improve emotional wellbeing. Whether a first child or a new brother or sister, Parents Matter can work with mums and dads during pregnancy and up to 24 months after birth.
How we will support new parents and expectant mothers
The team of locally recruited peer supporters will visit parents in the family home and make contact via text messaging and using MS Teams. They will offer a listening ear to help ease the demands of parenthood. Staff and volunteers speak a range of community languages.
The aims of the service are to:
- improve mental health and wellbeing of new parents
- reduce social isolation of families
- increase self-confidence of parents
- support a positive relationship between parents and their baby
- welcome mums and dads to parenting groups and signpost to local services and resources
Get in touch
If you are a professional and know a family who would benefit from this programme or you are a parent who would like to know more, please get in touch by emailing Lana at LanaA@familylives.org.uk or call 07713 708 524.
If you would like to make a referral to this service, please fill out this online referral form.
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ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying.
I = Infant crying is normal
C = Comforting methods can help
O = It's OK to walk away
N = Never, ever shake a baby
Speak to someone if you need support, such as family, friends, midwife, GP, Bump to Baby team, Family Worker or Health Visitor.
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When dads and male carers spend time with their children and know about children's development, they:
- have a closer bond with their child
- talk and play more with their child
- are more confident as a parent
Children who grow up with warm, loving and actively involved dads and male carers...
- are happy and emotionally secure
- care and empathise for others
- do well in nursery and school
- have better relationships as adults
Feelings of anxiety and depression are very common in fathers, but sadly, this is not widely recognised, just as post-natal depression (PND) was not widely recognised in mothers 20 years ago.
Having a new baby and making the transition to parenthood is equally challenging for fathers and mothers. It is important that dads look after themselves too, and if you do feel low or anxious remember this is very common and it will help if you talk to someone.
Contact our Fathers Inclusion Lead to find out about children's centre services from pregnancy to age 5 - email@example.com
Please find Camden Dads drop-in days and times on our Stay and Play page.
The Camden Parents’ Wellbeing Service
A team offering therapy to parents who are Camden residents or parents with a GP in Camden.
07795 968 949 / 020 3317 6670 — firstname.lastname@example.org
MIND in Camden
Working alongside people of all ages who are experiencing
mental ill health.
Mental health for Dads (PDF)
Let's make sure that children in Camden are given the best start to develop their speech, language and communication skills. Taking time to talk with babies and young children supports their wellbeing, play, friendship and early development.
Camden Kids Talk - Ten Tips For Talking from Whittington Health NHS Trust.
The ten talking tips have been made by Camden mums, dads and carers. They are designed to give families and those working with under 5s some suggestions to help babibes and children develop their speech, language and communication.
Tips for Talking (PDF)
Children's Language Development and Parenting Advice
BBC Tiny Happy People
BBC Tiny Happy People - Instagram
Would you like to check your child's speech and language progress?
Visit the Speech and Language UK Progress Checker for children aged 6 months and upwards.
If you would like to talk to someone, please contact Camden Duty Health Visitors on 020 3317 3032 or email email@example.com
For Camden's Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service, please call 020 3317 2367.
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The Camden Baby Feeding Team, based in the Health Visiting and Children's Centre Service, provide support to parents to help them meet their infant feeding needs. Feeding support is available from when your baby arrives until you reach the end of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Fathers and partners are welcome at our Harmood and Agar groups. In certain circumstances, the Baby Feeding Team are able to visit you at home.
Contact the Camden Baby Feeding Team on 07808 891 260 (9am-3pm, Mon-Fri) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For out-of-hours support for baby feeding, please contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 (9.30am-9.30pm, 7 days a week).
Camden Baby Feeding Support
Monday - 10.30am-11.30am
Virtual Group - Link: Meeting Registration
Monday - 10am-12pm
Harmood Children's Centre
Tuesday - 10am-12pm
Kilburn Grange Children's Centre
Thursday - 1pm-3pm
Regent's Park Children's Centre
Friday - 10am-12pm
Agar Children's Centre (partners welcome)
Camden Baby Feeding Leaflet
CNWL - Baby Feeding Team information and sessions