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Teenage Parents

Useful information for soon-to-be and new parents
Regardless of how young or old we are, we all need a bit of help or advice when it comes to having children and bringing them up.

Specialist Support for Teen Parents and Pregnant Teens in Reading
Contact Sue Blackwood, the Teenage Pregnancy Reintegration Officer for Reading Borough Council, on 07921 403349.

St Laurence's drop-in sessions for teen parents
A drop-in session for young parents up to the age of 19 is running at St Laurence's Church in Reading on Mondays from 2pm-4pm. The sessions are free, and include toys, books and craft activities for the children, refreshments and of course, the chance to meet other young parents. The Young Parent Health Visitor is there for health advice and to have your child weighed. There will be occasional speakers, and professionals such as Connexions, BWA, Source will also be available at some sessions to give advice. Contact Sue Blackwood 07921 403349 for more information or if you would like to attend.

Young Mums To Be Training Programme;
YMTB-Parents-to-be programme is a comprehensive, holistic course specifically designed for pregnant teenagers up to and including the age of 19 years. Young women are keen to attend YMTB as it provides accessible antenatal care. A specifically tailored session enables young-dads-to-be to be included and prepared to help and support at the birth. The course is running every Tuesday from 9.30am-2.30pm at The Hamilton Centre, 135 Bulmershe Road, Reading RG1 5SG. Contact Sue Blackwood Tel: 07921 403349 for more information on how to join the course.

Breastfeeding Support
Confidential trained support from other mums
Tea and coffee, feel free to bring your own lunch
Leaflets and books on loan
Everybody warmly welcomed, siblings and bumps too
Any stage welcome, just starting, going back to work, weaning
Visit the Breastfeeding Network website.

Children's Centres
Some Children's Centres have dedicated sessions for young parents.

Reading Lifeline Pregnancy Crisis Centre
The Centre provides free pregnancy testing, crisis pregnancy counselling and post-abortion counselling. The Centre is located at 110 London Street in Reading, a 2 minute walk from the Oracle shopping centre. Phone 0118 959 6669, email, or visit the Lifeline website for more information.

More Useful Links
Adviza Berkshire
Care to Learn - Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare costs while you learn, if you're under 20.