Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting

Understanding Postnatal Depression

Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time.  As a new mother, however, you may not necessarily feel this straight away.
You may go through a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful – known as the 'baby blues'. It usually starts 3-10 days after giving birth and affects around 85 per cent of new mothers. It is so common that it is considered normal. New fathers may also feel it. And, although having the baby blues may be distressing, it's important to be aware that it doesn't last long – usually only a few days – and is generally quite manageable. 

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is a weekly payment made by employers to their employees or former employees. Employers pay SMP to those women who have been employed by them prior to becoming pregnant and during their pregnancy. So if you were not employed in your pregnancy you cannot get SMP. But you may be able to get Maternity Allowance (MA) from Jobcentre Plus.
Qualifying women are entitled to SMP whether or not they intend to return to work for that employer.

Shared Parental Leave

Parents can share up to 50 weeks of parental leave and 37 weeks' statutory pay, equivalent to the current Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay. This is in addition to the two weeks' Statutory Paternity Pay.

Real Baby Milk

Real Baby Milk aims to socially market breastfeeding to all parents in an inclusive, non-judgmental way.  They aim to inform and provide women and their families with easy access to breastfeeding support and enable them to have the best opportunity to succeed at breastfeeding for as long as she likes.


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Phone: 01872 260429

Pregnant Employees and Their Rights

Pregnant employees have legal rights - including paid time off for antenatal care, maternity leave and maternity pay.
Pregnant employees have 4 main rights:

*paid time off for antenatal care

*maternity leave

*maternity pay or maternity allowance

*protection against unfair treatment, discrimination or dismissal


NCT Antenatal Classes

NCT Signature antenatal and NCT Essentials antenatal courses are held in Monmouthshire at various times throughout the year.
NCT would like all parents to have an experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood that enriches their lives and gives them confidence in being a parent, providing local support and putting parents in touch for social networking.
NCT's vision is a world in which parents are valued and supported to build a strong society, believing that a child’s early years significantly impact upon the future they help to shape.

Monmouth National Childbirth Trust

Monmouth and District branch offer a range of services including antenatal classes to help you and your partner prepare for the birth of your baby. 
They run various postnatal activities to support you and your baby, these include Coffee Break, which gives you a chance to meet other new parents in an informal environment and Bumps and Babes where new mums get together at different homes once a month.

Lush Tums Pregnancy Yoga

LushTums classes are specialised and tailored to women at all stages of life.

All-round, fully accredited classes and courses are offered to help women prepare for birth and support them into motherhood.

Practicing yoga gives you a constant - something we can come back to when all around us is in change. Classes help you feel energised and stronger and at the same time settle the mind, reducing levels of stress and anxiety.