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Across Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes we endeavour to look after you during your pregnancy and when your child is growing up.

We hope this page will help you with information to look after yourself and find the right support when you need it.


Pregnancy is a significant milestone in our lives. It is important you get the right support during pregnancy. There are many things that you can do yourself including getting advice from our health professionals when you are worried about something in your pregnancy.

We know our children and babies are precious to us. On this website you will find lots of helpful information to guide you during your pregnancy.

If you have any queries regarding your pregnancy, please always contact your midwife. You can contact our midwifery teams in our hospitals by phone and by email.

The contact details are:

Bedford Maternity Unit – 01234 795981 / 01234 795805
Luton Maternity Unit – 01582 502285
Milton Keynes Maternity Unit – 01908 996484

If you have a new baby, our health visiting team can support you.

Parents and Carers in Milton Keynes – Central and North West London: 01908 725100
Parents and Carers in Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, Central Beds, Luton – Single Point of Contact: 0300 555 0606

For information about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit our Pregnancy and Vaccinations web page.

Young Children

For your young children we have the following helpful information to help you look after them if they present with bronchiolitis, constipation, diarrhoea and vomiting, or fever conditions (see document downloads below).

There is also some useful information on our Self-Care page.

For further advice for parents, young people and people who are pregnant, visit the Healthier Together website.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines and children aged 12-15 years, visit our COVID-19 FAQs web page.

‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ is a new campaign from NHS England which encourages people, especially parents and carers of children under the age of five, to visit their local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, upset stomach and teething. Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits. For more information visit the Stay Well Pharmacy campaign web page.

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Children’s Community Health Services

For information about local children’s community health services, please visit:

Mental Health

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust’s Milton Keynes CAMHS provides support to children and young people up to the age of 18, their parents/carers and their families who:

  • are a resident of Milton Keynes or are registered with a Milton Keynes GP
  • are causing a high level of concern to adults around them due to significant change in the child’s/young person’s mood or behaviour.

Some of the difficulties the team can help with include:

  • Significant behaviour problems
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety disorders (including phobias)
  • Obsession/compulsion
  • Tic disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Family relationship problems
  • Trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosis

For more details please visit the CNWL CAMHS website.

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