Thinking about a baby
Choices about being a parent
What people said:
“I had pains. I didn’t know I was in labour. I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know what to expect when I had a baby”
“It was useful to have leaflets from the clinic”
“Sometimes I don’t feel listened to. I had the injection to stop me getting pregnant, but I didn’t like the side effects”
“It would be good to involve men more, to have more information aimed at men, not just women. For example - contraceptives, planning a baby etc”
“It was good to have a choice. I could go to a mother and baby unit or a foster placement. I chose a foster placement and stayed there when I was pregnant and until my baby was 13 months old. It was good being in a family and I could learn useful things”
“It’s good to get the support package sorted out before the baby comes along”.
- support to have the same choices as everyone else - about pregnancy, having a baby, abortion or adoption
- to have the option of counselling and easy information to help our choices
- advice and easy information about contraception and the chance to get contraceptives (birth control) when we need them
- support and advice about adoption without pressure to have a child adopted
- long term support if we decide to have a baby.
If someone is pregnant, how do you make sure we are supported to make our own choices about:
- having a baby
- Is support available from:
- An advocate
- A counsellor
- A support worker
- A community nurse
- Family planning
- A GP (Doctor)
- A social worker (Learning Disability Team)
- A social worker (Child and Family Team)
- What easy information is there about these choices?
- How do you encourage men to use services which provide information on contraceptives (birth control) and parenting?
- How do you make sure we can make our own choices about contraceptives (birth control)?
- What easy information do you have on contraceptives (birth control)?
- How can we get contraceptives (birth control)?
- If we are pregnant and want to keep the baby, what long term support can we get (not just for a few weeks)?
- How do you make sure that a support package is set up before a baby is born?
- Can we get support from the beginning of the pregnancy (not just when things break down)?
- What services do you have to help if we are thinking of adoption (counselling, information etc)?
- How do you make sure that a decision to keep, or have a child adopted is ours and we are not put under pressure?