Best Beginnings

BestFind out how to get the pregnancy and early parenting support you need

Evidence shows that a healthy pregnancy and good support and information can transform childrens long-term health and wellbeing outcomes, positively affect school readiness and social mobility, and can trump class background or parental income.

Best Beginnings innovative and multi award winning free app BABY BUDDY - offers customised guidance and support for you and your baby with a just a click to download.

It includes over 200 short videos about different aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting; your very own daily reminders; answers to your questions; a geolocation facility to find support and resources near you - and so much more.

As a young mum recently reviewed:

"This app has literally been a life saver! I know you can find everything on google these days but it can't be trusted! So this app gives me everything I need to know with out googling it. It also thinks about the mum not just the baby as most apps are all about baby and not mother and it reminds me it is ok to take time for myself away from Thomas (my little boy) also it is amazing As it accommodates age. I am 16 years old and I don't feel Patronised or feel like what I have done is wrong. The app has really made me feel that age does not matter and I really will recommend it to others!"

You can also access the web version of the Best Beginnings app.

Visit to find out how Best Beginnings can help you:

Baby Express - a magazine with lots of useful tips, make sure that you get your copies from your Midwife, Health Visitor and Childrens Centre; Issue One can be viewed below.

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Small Wonders DVD to empower parents of Premature babies available from the special care units at James Cook University Hospital;

From Bump to Breast feeding DVD available from your midwife gives support and guidance around breast feeding.

The films are also available within the baby buddy app.

There are also new films around supporting maternal mental health now available in the baby buddy app.


Best Beginnings most recent exciting news is that it is one of just seven charities chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to champion a change in the national conversation about mental health as part of the Heads Together campaign. Best Beginnings is about supporting the whole of you, not just physically but mentally too.

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