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Free information and downloadable resources for healthcare and childcare professionals

Healthy mums-to-be

Having a healthy pregnancy is great for your baby and good for you too!

Try our tips

Give your baby a better start in life

Getting babies healthy and active from birth gets them off to the best start

Read our advice

Looking forward to fatherhood?

If you're a dad-to-be, there are some easy ways to help your partner to have a healthier pregnancy

Find out more

Family and friends

Helping your relative or friend have a healthy pregnancy can also be good for you

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Information for healthcare and childcare professionals

Do you work in healthcare or childcare? Your role is vital in encouraging and supporting parents to give their babies the building blocks for a better start in life.

What is the Start4Life Information Service for Parents?

Start4Life has joined up with the NHS Information Service for Parents to grow our range of free services. As well as the existing health advice service that Start4Life provides for pregnant women and new mums, we also now offer tips and advice by e-mail, free-of-charge.

Our e-mail service gives out advice you can trust. It includes tips for mums and dads-to-be, partners, relatives and friends to support and encourage mothers in healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and for their babies. If you (or someone you know) is looking for a helping hand, they can sign up for our e-mail service here.

Free resources to use in your setting

These colourful, easy to understand materials can be displayed and distributed to pregnant women, new mums and colleagues. These are ideal for display in your reception, waiting room or break-out area:



If you're a healthcare or childcare professional, you can also order Start4Life leaflets and posters online at or by calling 0300 123 1002.

Got a question?

The Start4Life Q&A will help you answer the type of questions you may be asked about Start4Life.


Be part of Change4Life

Start4Life is part of Change4Life, the nationwide campaign to help adults and families to eat well and move more. It also provides resources for Early Years providers on healthy eating and activity for toddlers and pre-school children.

Using the brand assets on your own resources

Sign up as a Change4Life local supporter and you will get monthly updates on our latest campaigns and access to free resources and branding.

Once registered as a Local Supporter anyone can use the Change4Life brand to add value to their health programmes.

The process is quick and easy:

Please feel free to share these resources with your colleagues.

A trusted source

Start4Life is fully supported across government, and is built on the latest research by the World Health Organization. It is fully aligned with NICE guidelines and UNICEF's Baby Friendly Initiative. Read more about the evidence behind the current guidelines.

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