STEP 3

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Promote and support healthy pregnancies, childbirth and post-natal care for parents

Our plan to address this step:
  • Develop a maternity offer that is reflective of and responsive to the needs of expectant mothers and new parents
  • Respond to consanguinity needs by supporting families to make informed choices
  • Offer smoking cessation services to pregnant women, or those trying to conceive
  • Embed mental health support into Newham’s maternity pathway
  • Develop a Newham specific directory of pregnancy and post-natal services
  • Respond to the specific maternity needs of families with no recourse to public funds
Tracking progress:
  • Number of babies exclusively breastfed at 6-8 weeks
Who is involved:
  • Newham Council, including 0-19 Children's Health Service and Early Years
  • Maternity services
  • Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors

Can you help?

We rely on the support from organisations and individuals, such as Fawn, to help us deliver our goals. We are on the look out for more partners who are able to support this step. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.

Now is the time to act. Together we can make Newham a healthier borough.

Fawn Changemaker
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Newham changemaker

Fawn works with women and their partners experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties from pregnancy through to the first year following birth. She is also part of Newham Kids Time Workshop (KTW) team.

Fawn’s passion and enthusiasm has helped lay the foundation for both early identification and intervention to support families experiencing mental health problems.


“I am passionate to work together with local communities to tackle the wider determinants of health and improve mental wellbeing so individuals can achieve their full potential. A joined up approach towards the community’s health and wellbeing will no doubt have a positive far-reaching impact.”


– Fawn Bess-Leith, Specialist Health Visitor Perinatal and Infant Mental Health


Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can support the borough’s drive to be healthier.

We are on the look out for organisations and people in our community who are thinking differently, challenging the norms, trying new things and looking at ways they can help Newham be a healthier borough.

If you think you can help, we’d love to hear from you, email [email protected]

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