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What's on

Covid-19 means changes to what we do

Following recent changes to Public Health England and Government advice regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) all face-to-face courses have been cancelled until further notice.

Throughout this period we will be sharing links here so that you can use online resources to prepare for labour, birth, nurturing and feeding your newborn, and settling in to family life. (Keep popping back from time-to-time to check for new links.)

You can also keep up-to-date with us at Better Births at Calderdale and Huddersfield https://www.facebook.com/betterbirthsCHFT/

If you need to talk to us about any of the topics shared on What's on, please call or text the What’s on line 0771 751 7563 and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will keep reviewing the Covid-19 situation and will resume our programme of courses as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience.



Be your own champion in pregnancy #AlwaysAsk

Each day in the UK, 10 babies are stillborn and 152 babies are born preterm, causing untold heartache to parents and extended families.

In 2017 Tommy’s, with King's College London and BabyCentre, launched a safer pregnancy campaign called #AlwaysAsk to empower pregnant women to overcome fears about speaking to professionals about health concerns. CHFT maternity services is a supporter of this campaign.

Research from King’s College London has shown that women’s knowledge about their own changing body is invaluable in contributing to safer pregnancies but that they often struggle to voice their instincts and concerns.

CHFT maternity staff are always here to listen to you and to help you. We want you to trust your instincts and #AlwaysAsk

Here are some links to #AlwaysAsk resources that might help you to feel more confident about asking for help and advice whenever your instinct tells you that something just isn’t quite right.

1 What’s happening? Pregnancy symptom checker


2 Tips for speaking up in pregnancy https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/symptom-checker/i-just-think-something-wrong/always-ask-safer-pregnancy-campaign/tips-speaking-pregnancy

3 NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/

Need to call the midwife?

You can #AlwaysAsk midwives at the CHFT Maternity Assessment Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital. The Centre is open 24/7 and midwives can be contacted on 01422 224392.

Preparing for birth

Where can I give birth?


Virtual tour of CHFT maternity services: Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC), Labour ward, Calderdale Birth Centre, Ward 4 & Huddersfield Birth Centre


How does labour start?


How will I know I’m in labour (NHS film) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkL1DhAsr_0   

What happens during labour?


Pain relief


Active birth

What can I do in pregnancy to make birth easier? (NHS film)


What positions are best for labour? (NHS film)


Water birth



Thriving Kirklees & Calderdale

New free online courses available for you to access to give you advice and support. These award winning courses are written by expert psychologists, health visitors, psychotherapists, NHS and Education professionals.


Kirklees and Calderdale residents can access this course for free:


·        Understanding Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and Your Baby

A course for everyone around the baby – mums, dads, grandparents, friends and relations.


If you live in Kirklees you can also access the following course for free:


Understanding Your Baby

·        Supporting you and your new arrival – a course for everyone involved in helping your baby get the best start in life.


To access the courses visit: www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk/tkparents

Use the Access code: TKparents

Fill in some basic details to create an account and you’ll have free unlimited access to the courses.

Birth partners


What should I pack in my birth bag? (NHS film) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deslF51rZcA

Virtual tour of CHFT maternity services: Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC), Labour ward, Calderdale Birth Centre, Ward 4 & Huddersfield Birth Centre






Got an idea for online resources for parents-to-be? Tell us all about it!

We are always on the look-out for ways to improve the support we provide to parents-to-be. If you have any suggestions for online resources we could share on What's on please tell us. We’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with the What's on team by emailing jill.palmer@cht.nhs.uk

(Remember to include your full name and a contact telephone number.)

Just in case your mail doesn’t make it to our inbox, please also text the What’s on team to tell us your email is on its way Text: 0771 751 7563   

Thanks for helping us to help parents-to-be.