New parents can now pick up a free pack to welcome their little ones into the world.

Parents who register a birth with the City of Wolverhampton Council will receive the pack, full of useful information and advice.

It includes information from Wolverhampton Library Service, including a free storybook, details of baby storytime sessions and an application form to join the library for free, as well as details from the council's Public Health service about claiming free Healthy Start vitamins. 

There is information from the council's Children and Families team regarding its Start for Life services designed to help families get the support they need to give their babies the best possible start in life, as well as details of the NHS Talking Therapies service for people who are experiencing common mental health problems like depression, anxiety and stress.

The pack also includes the all important birth certificate and is presented in a reusable tote bag.

Births can be registered at the Civic Centre Monday to Friday, while registrars also attend The Children's Village Family Hub in Wednesfield on Tuesdays and Graiseley Family Hub on Thursdays. Appointments can be booked online at Births, Marriages and Deaths

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The arrival of a child into the world is a very exciting time, but it can also be a confusing time for new parents, too. Where do they need to turn for help, what support is available? 

“This new welcome pack brings together a wealth of useful information to make things a little more straightforward for everyone."

People must register the birth of their baby in order to obtain a birth certificate, and this should be done within 6 weeks of the baby being born.