Safe Home for you and your baby

Having a healthy pregnancy by creating a safe home
For many people, pregnancy is an exciting and hopeful time. If you are worrying about how you’re going to care for your baby, if you’re experiencing domestic abuse, if you have money worries or if you struggle with your mental health, you might find pregnancy is an anxious time. Maternity services across Sussex can help.

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There are many things that might worry you when you’re pregnant:

If you’re facing any of these worries, you’re not alone, and we’re here to help.

Research shows that you are more likely to suffer complications in pregnancy if:

  • You are particularly young, feeling isolated from your friends and worrying about money, causing stress and impacting the wellbeing of you and your baby.
  • You live in an area affected by deprivation where you don’t have easy access to public services like health and education services, where housing is of poor quality, or where there is a lack of employment opportunities.

How we are helping people in Sussex have safe pregnancies and healthy babies

What are we doing?

When it comes to helping people create a safe home environment for themselves and their babies, here are the things we’re doing:

  • Striving to ensure pregnant people get to see the same health professionals throughout their pregnancies to build trust and manage their care.
  • Increasing access to perinatal mental health support.
  • Raising awareness of our services to make it easier for pregnant people to access the support they want and need.
  • Collaborating across organisational and professional boundaries to ensure a joined-up approach to reach people earlier in their pregnancies and put the best support in place, for example, linking pregnant people with those who offer support with housing issues.
  • Facilitating access to cultural competency training for health and care colleagues to ensure safe home information and advice is culturally relevant and appropriate.

What can you do?

Talk to your midwife, health visitor, GP or pharmacist about your concerns. They can put you in touch with support.


Social housing quality

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Housing Ombudsman

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Council help with housing

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Financial help

Money for parents and babies

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Benefits available during pregnancy

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Maternity and paternity benefits and leave

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Cost of living support

East Sussex

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West Sussex

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Brighton & Hove

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Domestic Abuse


The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

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National Helpline for LGBT+ Victims and Survivors of Abuse and Violence
0800 999 5428

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Respect Men's advice

Freephone 0808 8010327

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The Survivor's Handbook from the charity Women's Aid

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Woman's Aid

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Safe Space Sussex

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Getting help for Domestic abuse

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