Reference site for expectant and new parents
Having a baby is a life changing event and it can also be a confusing time. Directgov, the nation’s official website, has information for expectant mothers and new parents as well as those taking the first steps towards planning a family. Directgov can help people to navigate the wealth of information available by bringing a range of official sources together in one place – www.direct.gov.uk/parents
From advice for people trying to conceive, guidance on your choices for giving birth, to locating support centres for services both pre- and post-birth as well as information on how to help both mother and new born stay healthy www.direct.gov.uk is a must-visit site for any mums-to-be or new parents.
The site also helps give guidance on how the change in family status can affect benefits and entitlements, including a new text alert which informs mums-to-be when they qualify for the new Health in Pregnancy Grant. This one-off payment of £190 is available to all pregnant UK residents to give pregnant women the chance to invest in their individual needs during pregnancy – allowing them to be flexible how and where the money is spent.