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Online NHS information service for parents

19th February 2013

The NHS Information Service for Parents has already registered more than 100,000 sign ups from people looking for information about bringing up their baby.

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The online service, which offers advice to parents, said 25% of the signups were from fathers.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "A new baby is a wonderful thing but can be stressful, and it is important mums and dads do everything they can to share the load. Dads make up a quarter of signups to the service – which is encouraging – but we want to see those numbers increase even more."

"Most pregnant women want their partners to be involved throughout pregnancy, childbirth and beyond and this desire is also shared by most partners. We recently announced £25 million of funding to improve NHS maternity units which, among other things, will be used to make it easier and more comfortable for dads to support their partners and be more involved."

The service, which was launched in May last year, began by providing advice on bringing up babies from birth to six months of age.

This month it widened this to information about babies up to nine months old, and by April 2013 it will offer data on babies up to 18 months of age.

The DH website describes the service as offering "free and timely" advice and allowed parents to look at videos through emails and texts.

The advice provided by the service includes how to choose childcare, child development and sleeping tips.

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