Young Parents Group

The Young Parents Group (YPG) maternity service at St Mary's Hospital is available to pregnant women aged 19 years and under. You can refer yourself to the service, or ask your GP, sexual health nurse, school nurse, Connexions worker or any other professional you are involved with to do this.

A convenient scan and booking slot will be made for you and the YPG specialist midwife will discuss with you what the maternity service offers young parents. She can put you in touch with organisations which provide other help you may need, for example welfare benefits, housing, education, employment, sexual health plus support with mental health or drug and alcohol misuse problems.

At your initial visit to the hospital, the specialist midwife can offer you screening for sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, through the R U Clear programme.

We hold a Parent Education class specifically for young parents once a month on a Saturday afternoon. The class provides an opportunity to discuss labour and preparation for parenthood.

While you are in hospital after having your baby, the specialist midwife will visit you and discuss postnatal contraception. If you agree, she will refer you and your partner to the Outreach Contraception and Sexual Health Team, who will be in touch with advice and information about three weeks after the baby's birth. If you don't want to use this service, we will let your surgery know and ask your GP to provide contraception advice.

Contact: Gina Bennett, Young Parents Specialist Midwife, St Mary's Hospital 0161 276 4245, georgina.bennett@cmft.nhs.uk.