Pregnancy and the early months with a new baby are times when parents have questions and need support and encouragement from friends, family and professionals.
Becoming a parent isn’t easy but the support of friends made in antenatal courses and through branch activities can prove invaluable in making the transition to parenthood.
For many families who have little support and may feel isolated, this time is when they might benefit most from the services and support from your midwife who will be able direct and support you.
The first week after your baby is born is often busy with family members wanting to meet the new baby. However try to stagger this out as you and your partner need time to adjust to being home as a new family.
Many dads only have a short time off work, so you should make the most of this time together. Having said that, the early days of parenthood can be exhausting, and you shouldn’t be too proud to accept help or ask for it. If somebody offers to do your washing or cook for you, take them up on it.
When people do visit, don’t feel that the normal rules of hospitality apply. Ask them to bring a hot meal with them. Nobody will expect the house to be spotless, and visitors can easily find the kettle and make their own tea!