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  Young Mums and Dads

Useful information for soon-to-be and new parents
Regardless of how young or old we are, we all need a bit of help or advice when it comes to having children and bringing them up. Click here for a list of useful websites, covering subjects such as breastfeeding, real nappies, staying safe and child development.

Breastfeeding Support
Confidential trained support from other mums
Tea and coffee, feel free to bring your own lunch
Leaflets and books on loan
Everybody warmly welcomed, siblings and bumps too
Any stage welcome, just starting, going back to work, weaning
Visit the Breastfeeding Network website.

Health Visitors for Teenage Parents
Ann Cox for Reading District, Tel: 0787 981 2078

Family Nurse Partnership - FNP
A program for young Mums aged 19 or under and less than 26 weeks pregnant with their first baby. If you take part in this program you have your own family nurse who will visit you at home and work alongside you from referral until when your baby is two years old. If you are interested call 0118 920 7508 FNP Poster

Reading Lifeline Pregnancy Crisis Centre
The Centre provides free pregnancy testing, crisis pregnancy counselling and post-abortion counselling. The Centre is located at 110 London Street in Reading, a 2 minute walk from the Oracle shopping centre. Phone 0118 959 6669, email, or visit the website for more information.

Specialist Support for Teen Parents and Pregnant Teens in Reading
Contact Sue Blackwood, the Teenage Pregnancy Reintegration Office for Reading Borough Council, on 07921 403349.

Events for Teen Parents in Reading
Download the Young Parent Support leaflet for details of weekly events for young parents (up to the age of 19) in Reading.

Children's Centres
Some Children's Centres have dedicated sessions for young parents.
Visit our Children's Centres section to find out about your local Children's Centres.

Young Parent Weigh & Stay Session
Thursdays 1pm-3pm
at the New Directions Centre, 330 Northumberland Avenue.
For more information or contact Jo, telephone: 0118 9015457

St Laurence's drop-in sessions for teen parents
A drop-in session for young parents up to the age of 19 is running at St Laurence's Church in Reading on Mondays from 2pm-4pm. The sessions are free, and include toys, books and craft activities for the children, refreshments and of course, the chance to meet other young parents. The Young Parent Health Visitor is there for health advice and to have your child weighed. There will be occasional speakers, and professionals such as Connexions, BWA, Source will also be available at some sessions to give advice. Click for more information. Contact any of the people listed below for more information If you would like to attend:
Sue Blackwood 07921 403349

Young Mums To Be Training Programme;
YMTB-Parents-to-be programme is a comprehensive, holistic course specifically designed for pregnant teenagers up to and including the age of 19 years. Young women are keen to attend YMTB as it provides accessible antenatal care. A specifically tailored session enables young-dads-to-be to be included and prepared to help and support at the birth. The course is running every Tuesday from 9.30am-2.30pm at The Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG. Contact any of the people listed below for more information on how to join the course:
Sue Blackwood 07921 403349
Click here to find out more.

More Useful Links
Connexions Berkshire
Care to Learn - Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare costs while you learn, if you're under 20.

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