Maternity and Family Service Updates in Leeds during restrictions

Here at Baby Week we have been keeping abreast of the different services that are available during this time of uncertainty. As a new year began the messages of advice and safety guidance turned into another national lockdown, with some hopeful news for new vaccine on the horizon. 

Babies keep on arriving however, and the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust at both sites LGI and St James’s University Hospital continue to be keeping busy. Baby Week has gathered updates and resources on free to low cost services available from mainstream, third sector and grassroots organisations for women, families and professionals to access during lockdown.


  • The current national guidance on birthing and vaccines can be found here in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ here.

  • Updated information on birthing at Leeds you can find here. Don’t forgot to look for the Browse aloud button to assist with additional languages and learning needs.

  • Available through Facebook; E-Midwife continues to give guidance on updates to the service including the virtual antenatal classes available to access here including healthy eating to helping to answer questions on showing signs of symptoms and what to look out for. Click here to join this interactive service.

  • The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) run through Women’s Health Matters Facebook page helps to answer queries and receive feedback on women’s maternity experiences. Including posting infographics showing the number of babies born in Leeds in December 2020 and up to date information on services at the Trust and in the community.

  • This has continued to be a testing time for families, either the impact from Covid-19 has on services or if you have contracted the virus yourself. There are lots of peer support services aimed at helping mums dads and partners struggling with the strains to mental health at this time.

  • Mindwell website funded by the Clinical Commissiong Group have published some useful resources on Looking after your emotional health during pregnancy and Ways to feel well after the birth of your baby.

  • Forum Central have useful resources for professionals helping parents bond with their babies.

  • Charity HomeStart are looking for new volunteers to help support parents in Leeds.