Episode 37 – The Healthy Family Series – The Fourth Trimester

Episode 37 – The Healthy Family Series – The Fourth Trimester

Hey hey it’s podcast day and I’m delighted today to introduce the second episode in my new 7 part series in collaboration with One Gloucestershire – linking in with our local NHS services to help us all be healthy parents raising healthy children.

Over the next few months these special episodes will take us through key stages in parenthood and we’re starting with the very first part of most of our journeys – those nine months of pregnancy.

In this episode I speak to Gloucestershire based midwife Michelle Sterry (specialising in health lifestyles), Emma Cronin-Preece (Infant Feeding Lead Specialist Health Visitor) and Sarah Duffy (Perinatal mental health Health Visitor.)

We’d absolutely love to know what you think and if you are pregnant or have a new baby if you find the episode helpful? Apologies for the sound quality in parts – my guests are all busy health professionals and I caught them in their offices in Gloucester so there is some background noise!

Below please find links and advice on everything we discussed in this episode as well as further contacts if you have been affected by any of the issues raised and need further support.


You can contact your local midwifery team on one of the numbers listed here https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/services-we-offer/maternity/contact-maternity-team/

Alternatively contact the Maternity Advice Line on 0300 422 5541or your GP and they will direct you to the right team.

Health Visitors

You can find out lots of information about your local Health Visiting services, Baby Hubs and the contact details for your Health Visiting Team herehttps://www.glos-care.nhs.uk/our-services/children-young-people/health-visiting

Mental Health

If you’re worried about your mental health, as well as speaking to your midwife, health visitor or GP, you can also contact the Gloucestershire Let’s Talk service on 0800 073 2200, or find out more here https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/


The Breastfeeding Network provide local breastfeeding support through texts, phone calls, visits and support groups, call or text 07871 174 566 with your name and postcode, or call Supporterline on 0300 100 0210 for breastfeeding help 9.30am – 9.30 pm every day of the week, or visit their website for more information https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/gloucestershire/

https://gbsn.org.uk/ for Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters Network

Support for Dads

Get the DadPad App https://thedadpad.co.uk/

Related services

To find out more about the ICON campaign visit http://iconcope.org/

For information on safe sleeping visit https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/sleeping-position/

Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire www.hlsglos.org   0800 122 3788 For information and access to free 1:1 health coaching support with stopping smoking, smoke free homes, healthy eating advice, weight management and getting more active

If your baby is so ill they need urgent medical help, call 999.  If your baby is poorly and you’re concerned, call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

Also we use a few clinical words that some of you might need translating into everyday Mum language… here’s a mini glossary:

Osteoporosis – weakened bones

Antenatal – before birth, during pregnancy

Postnatal – after birth, usually the first few weeks or months

BFI – Baby Friendly Initiative https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/

Stool – poo or faeces


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