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Helping women with Learning Disabilities

Congratulations on finding out you are pregnant!


This part of our website will provide information for you if you have a learning need, your family or support person can find information here too.


Finding out that you are going to have a baby is a happy time but it can sometimes be confusing and you might feel that you do not understand everything about pregnancy and its changes. We want to provide care that meets your needs, we will all work together with you to help you during your pregnancy and after you have had your baby.


We want to help you provide your baby with a good start in life and be aware of what support we offer to help you with your parenting. This way you will feel comfortable asking questions and speaking to midwives and doctors.


We aim to provide education in an easy to read or see way so that the information about your pregnancy and your baby meets your own needs. Everyone has different circumstances and some families may need more of this support or more time to learn about things.


We will offer accessible information and make sure that there is always someone you can trust throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.


Most importantly we will always work together with you, for you.


We have a booklet that you can look at and fill in, it will let you tell us what you want us to know about you, and things that are important to you. Click here to download and fill in your own hospital passport.

Please click here to download and print a Pregnancy Guide to help answer some of the questions you may have.

Please click here to download and print a Birth Plan for you to use to help plan your birth and let the midwives and doctors know what you would like.

The Pregnancy Guide and Birth Plan were produced by Leeds Maternity Care at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and 'easyonthei'. Special thanks to them for use of their resources. All symbols copyright © LYPFT.

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'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital