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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information maternity services are required to provide to parents about local parenting support services.
Health professionals support women and their partners in the transition to parenthood by discussing the postnatal health and social needs of the mother and her baby and by developing an individual plan of postnatal care to address those needs.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline on postnatal care (published in 2006) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Standards for Maternity Care (published in 2008) state that postnatal care should include provision of information to both mothers and fathers on infant care, parenting skills and accessing local community groups.
The Department has also recently (October 2011) launched ‘Preparing for Birth and Beyond’ pack, an online resource, which aims to help the national health service, local authorities and the voluntary sector involved in planning or running groups for expectant and new parents.