Antenatal & Breastfeeding Support

Working with parents and families, we provide antenatal and breastfeeding information and support through a team of trained staff and volunteers.  You can call the team on 07826531575 or contact us via our contact form.

Our Breastfeeding and Antenatal Services:

 

Antenatal Support

Our Amazing Start services are free, confidential and non-judgemental.

The team are trained to provide practical and emotional support to women from conception to birth and we offer information to enable you to make informed choices about how to feed your baby.

They can support you with:

  • building strong parent-baby relationships,
  • preparing for labour and birth
  • preparing for baby.

Check out our new Antenatal Support Resource page for really useful information and support!

 


Breastfeeding Support

We can offer group or one to one sessions with support to achieve your breastfeeding goals, building a happy baby and guidance on returning to work.  Here’s Leanne from our team to tell you a bit more about the service we offer:

 

We are proud to have achieved Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation alongside the Community Family Hub in Newcastle.

The Baby Friendly Initiative is transforming healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK, as part of a wider global partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef.

Find out more about Unicef Baby Friendly

 


How you can get involved:

Join us at our weekly Breastfeeding groups

Our Breastfeeding Social Groups are relaxed, informal and friendly and offer a great way to meet other breastfeeding mums, get handy tips and an opportunity to get support from a member of staff or a volunteer.

In addition to our in-person groups, we also offer a weekly Breastfeeding Social on Zoom.

Visit our What’s On page to find out where and when our groups are running and for details of our other family and health and wellbeing activities.

 

 

Pop over to the Breastfeeding Mams Facebook page

For ongoing guidance, support, top tips and more!

 

Download, print or share our new A to Z of Breastfeeding

This is a must read if you are breastfeeding, planning to breastfeed or even if you are unsure about the benefits of breastfeeding!

Our Amazing Start team has put together this extensive guide to all things breastfeeding, to help and support you on your feeding journey.  In this straightforward and easy-to-read guide, you’ll find the answers to many common questions and issues, and it provides up to date information, guidance and practical solutions.

Download it and share with anyone you think would find it useful!

 

 

Check out other Healthworks Antenatal and Breastfeeding resources you may find helpful:


 

Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Business

 

 

Download our Breastfeeding Friendly Business brochure and covering letter to find out more about the scheme, what it involves, the benefits of joining and contact details.


 

‘Talking About…’

Throughout the year we’ll be talking about some of the popular discussion topics and common questions we get asked from breastfeeding mothers.

Claire is here and talking about…skin to skin contact

 

View our other recent Talking About topics:


Amazing Start Volunteers

 

Our Volunteers are an incredibly important part of what we do, many have used our services previously and found the support invaluable and so they have wanted to offer support to other women too.

All of our volunteers are trained to provide antenatal and breast feeding support to mothers and families.

To hear from some our amazing volunteers, we have a “Meet some of our volunteers” playlist on You Tube where our volunteers share their own personal experiences of volunteering with Healthworks and why they decided to get involved.

 

Throughout the year we recruit new volunteers to support antenatal and breastfeeding support in Newcastle, here is Rosie our Volunteer Co-ordinator to tell you a little bit more…

Volunteer Training

Our Amazing Start team offer a range of volunteering opportunities for people living in Newcastle. Volunteers benefit from the following free training:

Antenatal Support Training:
This course is for anyone who would like to volunteer to support families in Newcastle during their pregnancy. You will learn about how to support mothers and their families including sessions on building strong parent baby relationships, birth physiology, compassion and communication, healthy pregnancy, preparing for baby and much more.

Breastfeeding Support Training:
This course is for women with an experience of Breastfeeding who would like to offer peer to peer support to other breastfeeding women in their community. This course covers training on peer to peer support, the values of breastfeeding and the physiology of making breast milk, responsive feeding, common infant feeding problems, building loving relationships and a whole lot more.

Family support Training:
This course is for anyone who would like to support families with children aged 0-19 years in the Outer West of Newcastle. This course covers topics such as baby brain development, the child and adolescent brain, adverse childhood experiences and solution focussed thinking.

Volunteering is really rewarding and it’s great for the soul but it also has lots of other benefits. You will gain and develop new skills and experiences, receive necessary training and regular support, have regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator and receive a reimbursement of expenses.

You can find out more about volunteering at Healthworks here.

 

You may also be interested in:

Our Improving Wellbeing page too as this has lots of information, tips and resources to help with relaxation and positive mental wellbeing.

Our Stop Smoking services, if you are a smoker and need support to quit we can help and support you, find out more.

Finding out more about our Pre school. We offer places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.