Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting

Nevill Hall Hospital and Royal Gwent Telephone Numbers

Nevill Hall Hopsital:
Your baby is not moving as often as it normally does or you need emergency advice (over 20 weeks pregnant): 01873 732139 (9am - 8pm) or 01873 732120 / 01873 732119 (after 8pm and during weekends)
Need advice, non emergency number - Leave a message stating your name and telephone number clearly.  A community Midwife will ring back between 8:30am and 4:30pm - 01291 6366609

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 Nappies Wales

The Real Nappy Campaign promotes the use of reusable nappies throughout Wales and provides impartial information and advice about choosing real nappies to parents, parents-to-be, nurseries, community groups and the Health Sector.
More and more parents are saying no to disposable nappies as they realise that real nappies are a natural, easy to use and cost effective alternative to disposable nappies - and they don't cost the earth!   For more information, visit the website.

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.


Web address:

Email: [email protected]

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.