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Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

A free, friendly antenatal course for pregnant mums, dads and carers

Welcome to the World is a free, friendly antenatal course for any family expecting a baby. It helps pregnant mums, dads and carers prepare for life with a new baby, whether it’s their first child or not. The course runs once a week for eight weeks and enables expectant parents to share experiences with each other and explore the changes that new babies bring, and how families can provide them with the best possible start in life. It aims to help more families in our area access important antenatal advice and meet other families around them.

Who’s it for? Anyone expecting a baby – mums, dads and carers – usually in weeks 20-30 of pregnancy.

Where is it delivered?

The course takes place in family hubs (formerly children’s centres) across the Better Start Bradford area.

Who delivers it? Better Start Bradford Facilitators and Prevention and Early Help workers from Bradford Council. It is a Family Links approved course.

How do families book on? Perinatal co-ordinators will contact pregnant women in the Better Start Bradford area and offer them the course. Alternatively, please contact Bradford East Family Hub on 01274 437523 for more information or an informal chat.

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The course is packed with useful advice, ideas and discussions, including:

  • Looking after your baby while they are in the womb
  • Practical tasks of caring for your new baby
  • Communicating and bonding with your baby
  • Understanding baby brain development
  • Exploring your future and the move into parenthood
  • Exploring your roots, traditions, hopes and concerns
  • Considering how you look after yourself

Fiona Saville, Facilitator, Better Start Bradford, says: “Welcome to the World offers friendly group sessions to help expectant parents get ready for life with a new baby – whether they are becoming a parent for the first time or have children already. We know that having a baby brings huge changes, and these courses help mums and dads discuss and think about how they will adjust and get ready.”

Welcome to the World is one of more than 20 projects being provided by Better Start Bradford for pregnant women and families with children under four in Little Horton, Bowling and Barkerend and Bradford Moor.

noshi-salman-iqbal-wttw-sep16Noshi Iqbal, proud mum of baby Salman, says: “One of the best decisions I have ever made was attending Welcome to the World. I wanted to make sure Salman had the best start possible. Not only did the session arm me with lots of information, coping strategies and how to involve the family, it puts a lot of things into perspective. It also opened windows to other services and activities that will benefit us.”