Parenting and Family Relationships

Free Online Parenting Courses (Solihull Online): Understanding Your Pregnancy, Birth, Labour and Baby (antenatal course)

If you are a Luton resident, we would encourage you to sign up to this eLearning course with your Luton postcode on www.inourplace.co.uk (see further instructions below)

  • Module 1- Welcome
  • Module 2- Helping You/baby through pregnancy
  • Module 3- Getting to know your baby in the womb
  • Module 4- You, your baby and the stages of labour
  • Module 5- Helping you/baby through labour and birth
  • Module 6- Feeding your baby
  • Module 7- Who’s the Daddy now
  • Module 8- After your baby is born
  • Module 9- Congratulations

There are courses are for ALL Luton parents-to-be, parents, grandparents and carers of any child from the antenatal period right up to 18 years of age.

  1. Go to inourplace.co.uk
  2. Type in the access code: HATTERS
  3. Create your account using your email and Luton postcode and choose a password.
  4. Select the course you want to do from the dashboard (you can do them all over time)
  5. Once you have registered, you have non-expiry access to these courses that can be completed at a time and place that suits you. They work on most PCs, tablets and mobile phones and work best with Google Chrome.
  6. If you do have any technical issues email approach@heartofengland.nhs.uk or ring 0121 296 4448 9am – 5 pm Mondays to Fridays for support.
  7. Responses to any questions will be anonymised and you will not receive any marketing emails but just congratulatory emails when you complete a module.

Online Bump, Birth and Baby Stuff- Video Antenatal Classes

If you’re preparing for your new arrival, the videos linked below have been created in partnership with midwives and the NHS Baby Friendly Team in Central Bedfordshire. They are designed to help you find out more about birth, caring for you and your baby, and feeding your baby. Please be aware that the contact number will be different for Luton families. Please call 0300 555 0606 for the Health Visiting Duty Desk in Luton or email ccs.bedsandlutonchildrenshealthhub@nhs.net

Luton Bumps on Zoom

Early pregnancy is an exciting time but can also bring anxieties. For mums expecting a baby living in Luton*, we can provide free social support in our monthly lunchtime zoom group. We are trialing another monthly group run later in the day where partners are also welcome. You can join one or both groups- whatever works for you!

The session will be café style, giving a great opportunity to talk with other expectant parents about experiences, supporting each other whilst getting some advice from our staff and speakers. A midwife will be on the group regularly. If you wish to continue socialising after the group, there will be an opportunity to swap details with those you meet.

We would advise watching the online antenatal videos listed above before attending so you know what other questions you may have.

Upcoming dates:

  • Luton Bumps and Partners on Zoom (Partners Welcome)- The FIRST Monday of the month from 5.30pm to 6.30pm
    • 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December 2021
  • Luton Bumps on Zoom (Women Only)- The THIRD Monday of the month from 1pm to 2pm
    • 20 September, 18 October, 15 November and 20 December 2021

‘The informal setting, the friendly hosts and the interaction with everyone! It’s a great platform!! I really loved it and I don’t feel I need to jump onto an expensive NCT class!‘ (Luton Bumps on Zoom Mum- March 2021)

Please book on to this group via our Parent Enquiry Form

ESOL for Pregnancy Course

You will learn how to express yourself in English and speak to your midwife and other health professionals. You should gain the confidence to express your own wishes, talk about feelings, ask questions and offer suggestions.

The 6-week course will cover topics such as:

  • Having a healthy pregnancy
  • Who you will meet when
  • Labour and birth
  • Feeding your baby
  • Keeping baby safe
  • Five to Thrive
  • What support is available for you

Start date and time of next course: Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm starting September- Date TBC

Venue: Arndale House, 2nd Floor, The Mall, LU1 2LJ

To book: Email flyingstart@luton.gov.uk, call 01582 548356 or text 07551151164 or use our online Parent Enquiry Form

*Please note that addresses close to Luton but are technically under Central Bedfordshire council or Hertfordshire council, will not be included in our free group provision

For parents-to-be living in the DALLOW, SOUTH, FARLEY and NORTHWELL wards* of Luton, please get in touch as there may be extra services available for you through the Starting Well Project.

*To find out what WARD you live in, please use our postcode checker

Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an important time to think about your lifestyle and what you can do to help have a healthy pregnancy

Child Safety

Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.

SEND families

If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns- find out more on Luton’s Local Offer

Five to Thrive

Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:

Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk

Talking Takes Off

Talking Takes Off is a programme to support improvements in speech and communication in children from 0-5 years old in Luton.