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Having a baby

There is a lot of information available about pregnancy and if you have never been pregnant before it can be hard to know where to start. To help you we've put together some information that we think will give you a good starting point.

Support and information

Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should be able to find it in the NHS Choices pregnancy and baby guide. You can also use it to calculate your due date and create your own pregnancy toolkit.

The NCT support families with antenatal classes, infant feeding support, discussion groups for new parents, drop-in groups, coffee mornings, and opportunities for new parents to meet socially. You can find details of NCT branches in Surrey on their website.

Your local Children's Centre can also offer information and support about all aspects of parenting from pregnancy upwards.

If you are expecting twins or triplets TAMBA (the Twins and Multiple Births Association) can provide support and guidance, in those early days and as your child grows.

Visit our section on birth for information about registering a birth in Surrey and getting a birth certificate, who you should notify of your child's arrival, and for links to organisations who can help support you after the birth.

Finances

Gov.uk provide links to information about your health during pregnancy, what benefits you are entitled to, and the birth itself.

They also have an online calculator to help prospective parents work out what their leave and pay entitlements will be.

Childcare and schools

If you are planning on returning to work or study you can find information on choosing and arranging childcare on our childcare web page.

You may also want to think about the range of schools in your area, so that you can plan for when your child gets older.

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