Cervical screening (smear test) is a quick test to check your cervix (neck of the womb) for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that can cause
Maternity & Parenting
The Breastfeeding Network
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.
0300 100 0212
NCT – 1st 1,000days New Parent Support
Our mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood
0300 330 0700
Parent Club Scotland
Parenthood is an amazing job, but it’s not an easy one. There’s often lots of conflicting information out there. Doing the right thing for your wee ones can seem impossible sometimes. Parent Club is here to help by giving you information you can trust, all in one place.
The Healthier Together programme relies upon patients and healthcare professionals working together to improve how local healthcare is delivered. The website provide advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals – which means that your child is likely to receive consistently high-quality care, irrespective of which healthcare professional they see
Maternal Mental Health Scotland
Maternal Mental Health Scotland is a membership based Scottish Charity. Our members range through professionals working in the perinatal mental health field, women with a lived experience of perinatal mental health issues and others with an interest in our work. MMHS looks to improve the provision of perinatal mental health services throughout Scotland for women, their partners and families.
Bliss – for babies born premature or sick
Over 6,000 babies are born premature or sick in Scotland every year. Bliss Scotland was established in 2009 to provide support to those babies and their families right across Scotland.
The Baby Box will help families prepare for the arrival of their baby and provide a safe and comfortable place for them to sleep. The box itself acts like a Moses basket as it comes complete with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly. New babies need a surprising amount of stuff! Scotland’s Baby Box is packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life.
In 1981 a small group of parents, who were experiencing problems with their crying and sleepless babies, set up a support group. They discovered how important support is and how reassuring it can be to talk to someone. Today that support group has become Cry-sis, the only UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. From modest beginnings Cry-sis has become a well-respected national charity.
08451 228 669
Pregnancy and Baby Payment
The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is a cash payment for the parents, or carers, of a baby. It’s paid to help cover some of the costs of having children. These costs could be things like needing a pram or buying clothes for your baby but, because it’s a cash payment, you can choose how you need to spend the money.
Book your Midwife appointment online
Your first main appointment is your booking appointment (booking visit) with your midwife normally between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you've just found out that you're pregnant, get the best start for you and your baby by making an appointment with a midwife Most Health Boards in Scotland allow patients to book directly without seeing your Doctor, if your Health Board area is not shown, then contact the Practice for further advice.
Ready Steady Baby!
Your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks
Baby crying is normal, you can cope. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying.
The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
0808 802 6868
The National Childbirth Trust
Their mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
0300 330 0700
TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association)
Tamba is a UK based charity helping people around the world. They were set up by parents of multiples and interested professionals in 1978.
01252 332 344
BabyCentre® reaches more than 45 million mums globally each month in nine different languages, including eight in 10 new and expecting mums online in the UK.
Baby Buddy App
Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.