If you are pregnant and need advice, you are in good hands with the Early Help Network (Netzwerk Frühe Hilfen). Even if you are already a mother or father of a baby or toddler, you can get support from the people who belong to this network. If you need and want help, you will even be put in touch with professionals who can give you advice and support over a longer period of time. Support for young parents should start as soon as possible. This is why there is talk of ‘early’ help. The support and advice is free of charge. You can use the offer during the first years of your child's life.
The Early Help Network (Netzwerk Frühe Hilfen) is open to anyone who is expecting a baby or who is responsible for a child during the first years their The people who are in the network want you and your child to do well. Maybe you're in a predicament, for example, because your pregnancy wasn't planned. You may feel abandoned by your partner or money is tight. Even if you no longer feel able to cope with raising your toddler, the staff of Early Help Network are helpful people to be in contact with. For example, they know educational counselling centres to which you can turn. But the network isn't just there for you when things get tough. Even if you are just looking for other mothers and parents with whom you can exchange ideas, The Early Help Network has interesting parenting offers.
If it all gets to be too much, it will do you good to have someone who can help lift you up. Experts from many fields work together with the Early Help Network (Netzwerk Frühe Hilfen). The Network’s help can be tailored to your situation. For example, there are so-called ‘family patrons’ who can support you in everyday life. Among other things, they offer older children help with their homework, help around the house or accompany you to your doctor's appointments. An early help specialist can also come to your home if you want them to. They won’t just help take care of you and the baby, but will have the well-being of the whole family in mind. Early help specialists are midwives, children's nurses and other healthcare workers who have undergone special additional training.
You can find the most important information about Germany’s Early Help Network (Netzwerk Frühe Hilfen) on the website www.elternsein.info. If you enter your postal code there, you will be shown contacts that are matched to where you live. You can also find the right contact persons for the network in your area in the HEDI app.
If you are in urgent need of help, you can contact the help line for Pregnant People in Distress (Schwangere in Not). Call 0800 40 40 020 to reach someone who will listen to you and give you advice. They can tell where to find the nearest local counseling centre. The call is free of charge. You do not even have to give your name and address. Your phone number anonymous and your call will not appear on any bill. The employees of the helpline are there for you around the clock. They speak a total of 18 languages. You can also find helpful information on the website www.schwanger-und-viele-fragen.de.