Antenatal and Pregnancy Offer

What is the BFS Antenatal Offer

Birmingham Forward Steps offers all pregnant women the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings during pregnancy. We can support you to recognise and respond to your baby’s needs and develop a positive relationship with your growing baby in utero.

We can also support you to explore your thoughts and feelings about feeding your baby.

Infant Feeding Team

The Infant Feeding Team works closely with Health Visiting teams and Children’s Centres to make breastfeeding the norm. The service is dedicated to supporting and promoting breastfeeding and safe formula feeding practices in line with UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI).

Breastfeeding is an important public health issue and as such the Government recognises that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants and supports breastfeeding through its Healthy Child Programme.

The Antenatal Infant Feeding Team is working closely with Health Visiting teams and Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service to make breastfeeding the norm, by every child getting the best start in life and to ensure a supportive environment in which all parents make a positive choice and are enabled to breastfeed for longer.

To access support or have a chat with your local Health Visitor or Antenatal Infant Feeding Worker, please click here

Birmingham Maternity Service contact details:

Birmingham Women’s Hospital switchboard: 0121 472 1377
City Hospital switchboard: 0121 554 3801
Sandwell and West Birmingham switchboard: 0121 554 3801
Good Hope & Heartlands Hospital switchboard: 0121 424 2000

Baby Buddy App

The Baby Buddy App is your personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life. The app has been designed with parents and professionals to help you give your baby the best start in life and support your health and wellbeing.

Baby Buddy has:  

  • Fun, engaging interactive features to ‘learn without the burn’
  • A video library – including tips on breastfeeding, the Small Wonders Change Programme for premature babies and mental health
  • Support and advice particularly tailored to dads 
  • ‘Today’s information’ – personalised, bite-size daily updates  
  • Much more!  

Safer Sleep Guidance

It’s never too early to start preparing a safe sleep space for your baby’s arrival. Knowing safer sleep advice is vital, and now is a great time to learn. Thanks to this advice, rates of sudden infant death syndrome have come down significantly. To download Safer Sleep Guidance from day one, please click here.