Becoming a parent is a big deal! It is a rewarding and incredible experience, but it can also be a daunting one.
But don’t worry. There’s lots out there to help you prepare and learn about what to expect. Once you’re clued up on how to support yourself, your partner and your baby, you can enjoy the experience with confidence – and learn great things about yourself that you might never have known before!
This section details the local support services available for parents-to-be in Wirral, with a focus on young families in particular.
Please remember… if you contact your GP / midwife service, it will be confidential.
Young parents antenatal classes
This is a five-week antenatal group specifically for young parents aged 19 and under.
You will receive information, advice and support from a midwife, health visitor, physiotherapist, The Brook and Homestart. For more information or to book a place, please call 07525244970.
NHS Wirral runs parenting classes across the borough – covering breastfeeding, labour, pain relief, and lots more. Classes usually run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Please call 0151 327 3174 to find out the nearest class near you.
Tranmere Community Project: ‘Young Mums To Be’ Course
Mondays – 1.30pm-3pm, term-time
1 Whitfield Street
T: 0151 649 8017
This is a 12-week programme for pregnant 16-19 year olds. You will learn about different stages of your pregnancy, preparation for birth, parenting skills, relationships and building your self-esteem and confidence. It is also a great way to meet other young mums to be. You may be eligible for the 16 – 19 bursary.
Tranmere Community Project: Young Dads Group
1 Whitfield Street
The Young Dads Group is an informal group for young dads to receive support and gain new skills. Please call Mark on 07549991693 for further information.
Buggy Park Fitness
Visit the Wirral Council website for information on the Buggy Park Fitness classes for new mums and their babies. Get out-and-about with your baby, get fit, and make new friends!
Support for you
Don’t forget to look after yourself. If you’re a mum or dad aged 13 to 19, and you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling, please contact the Response team on 0151 666 4123.
You’re not alone. Your midwife or doctor can also support you if you’re not feeling yourself, so please don’t hesitate to contact them. It’s normal to feel worried or unsure at this busy and new time – but support is out there.
There’s lots of useful information and support around pregnancy and childbirth on the NHS Choices website.
Each secondary school has a named nurse who delivers confidential healthcare and wellbeing support to young people.
Child Development Centre
T: 0151 334 4000 ext. 5201
One to One midwives
A personal NHS midwife service, providing support for young women. The midwife will look after them throughout their pregnancy, be with them at the birth and support them and their baby for six weeks afterwards.
Birkenhead Medical Building,
31 Laird Street,
T: 0330 330 9121
Teenage pregnancy midwife
Provides confidential antenatal care for young pregnant women, their partners and their family. The clinic addresses health, emotional and practical needs, and offers information on housing, benefits and education.
Young Women’s Antenatal Clinic (YWAC),
Arrowe Park Hospital,
Arrowe Park Road,
T: 0151 604 7620