New NHS magazine for fathers-to-be

17 May 2005

TV personality and Pop Idol judge Neil Fox and Southampton footballer Jamie Redknapp, launched the second edition of the NHS magazine "You’re Pregnant" featuring a new 8 page supplement of advice and information for new dads.

Neil Fox, father of two, who is quoted in the insert said:

"The dad’s insert in You’re Pregnant! is essential reading for all Dad’s to be. It leaves no stone unturned and manages to be both informative and interesting and packed full of useful and practical information. It is great to see that dads-to-be will be as informed about pregnancy and childbirth as their pregnant partners at such a special time."

Jamie Redknapp, new father and Southampton footballer, said:

"I would love to have read ’37 things a new Dad should know’ when Louise and I were expecting our son Charlie. It’s such an exciting time and there’s so much to take in – this insert is interesting and full of down to earth advice. It also answers some of those niggling questions and the tips about car seats and baby carriers are spot on!"

In this edition Jools Oliver, wife of TV chef Jamie and mother of Poppy and Daisy, tells You’re Pregnant! about the ups and downs of giving birth ? and reveals how much she is enjoying being a mum.

Jool’s story appears with practical information for mums-to-be on what to expect during their pregnancy, including tips on:

· keeping healthy during pregnancy, from what to eat to dealing with nausea.
· What to expect when you go into labour, with a special section full of no-nonsense practical information, enabling women to make decisions about pain relief and how they want to give birth.
· the first three months of a baby’s life, with features on breastfeeding, post-natal depression and crying.

The magazine is given out free by ante-natal clinics to all expectant mothers and includes information about local maternity services as well as useful articles and tips.

A special gatefold section at the back of the magazine is localised to every primary care trust in the country. This contains information and statistics on local maternity units to help women choose where they want to give birth. The section also lists contact details for NHS and voluntary organisations providing services to pregnant women and new mums in each area.

Speaking at a conference on Maternity Services in the 21st Century, Health Minister Stephen Ladyman said:

"After the success of the first edition I am delighted to announce the second issue of You’re Pregnant! Is out now and better than ever. Not only is it packed with useful, practical features, common-sense advice, and real life stories from other mums but there is something to help new dads too.

"For the first time an A5 eight-page dads’ insert is included in every magazine. Designed for first time dads the insert uses real fathers’ stories to encourage engagement between partner and baby and also to underline the partner’s supportive role during pregnancy and birth.

"This magazine will support this government’s aim for women to have easy access to supportive, high quality maternity services, designed around their individual needs and those of their babies."

A PDF version of the new insert for fathers can be downloaded at the end of this article under "Related Documents".

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