Support groups

You may find attending a local mother and baby group helps, in more ways than one! Chatting with other mothers who are experiences the same things as you can be a great support to you, and it means you get to meet new people and make new friends. There are a variety of groups across East Lancashire, and there is nearly always at least one in each village/town whether it is in a Church hall or a Children’s Centre. Ask your midwife or health visitor for more details, or check out these websites:

Doula support

Doula is a Greek word, meaning ‘woman caregiver.’ Doulas provide practical and emotional support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.  They work with midwives and doctors, and the help they give is extra to the care given by health professionals. Doula services are not usually available on the NHS, and their charges vary. For more information see

Local doula services:

  • Amanda Chinery – Doula Plus
  • Michelle Bromley – Snowdrop Doula

Useful links

What to do if your child is Ill?

‘Every parent or carer wants to know what to do when a child is ill – this resource can be used to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call a Doctor and when to contact Emergency Services alongside a host of other useful local information and contact’

The Common Childhood Illnesses booklet is a comprehensive resource that provides advice and guidance on how to safely manage common childhood illnesses and when and where to seek support and help from health services.

The electronic versions of the booklets can be accessed by following:

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