Apps

Download the free Baby Buddy app – health professionals in Leeds use a range of tools including a free app called Baby Buddy. The app acts as your personal baby ‘bubby’ which can guide you through your pregnancy and the first 6 months of your baby’s life. The app was developed by a charity called Best Beginnings with the help of mums, partners, midwives and GPs. The app contains films featuring families from Leeds who talk about their emotional health. The app is available free from Google Play or from the App Store. You can read the app’s privacy policy and terms of use here. There is also a web version of Baby Buddy.

Dad Pad® is an information pack in digital form developed by dads and the NHS to help fathers of all ages prepare for family life. It’s available as a free app – see the Dad Pad website for more for information.

Helpful resources

Nest Leeds blog has real life stories about parenthood and mental health from mums and dads in Leeds. NEST promotes the wellbeing of new parents and parents-to-be in Leeds. It’s run by NEST ambassadors, Anna and Lisa, two mums with lived experiences of maternal ill health – who are passionate about sharing their stories to help others. Follow NEST on Instagram and Facebook – search for NESTLeeds.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust self-help leaflet – postnatal depression

Royal Society of Psychiatrists leaflet – postpartum psychosis

No thanks I’m pregnant – Leeds pregnancy and alcohol campaign.

NHS.uk – postnatal depression

From Dads to Dads – is a website featuring real life experiences, useful facts and information laid out simply by experts in the field.

Perinatal Mental Health Treatment: free evidence-based resources for new parents

MindMate – I’m a parent or carer

Pandas Foundation is an organisation which helps individuals and their families with pre- and post-natal depression advice and support. They also offer support to families in the antenatal period. The Pandas Foundation helpline is open 9am to 8pm on 0843 2898401. They offer local support groups and weekly online support every Thursday night. Check their social media for more details.

Tommy’s is the UK’s largest charity which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. It also provides an information service for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby – Call Tommy’s Pregnancy Line on 0800 0147 800.