Support Organisations - Childbirth and Fertility

14 May 2015

Support information for childbirth, multiple births, premature birth, fertility and other specialist organisations

CHILDBIRTH

The National Childbirth Trust - NCT
http://www.nct.org.uk/
NCT provide information and advice on pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care to parents and parents-to-be.
Helpline: 0300 33 00 700 (lines open 8am - midnight)

Brook
http://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/category/pregnancy
Brook offers a confidential support if you’re under 25 and think you might be pregnant.
Text: send your question to 07717 989 023 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm)
Online advisor available Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm

NHS - Start4Life
http://www.nhs.uk/start4life/Pages/healthy-pregnancy-baby-advice.aspx
Tailored e-mails and text messages on pregnancy and baby development and the option to sign up for Start4Life Information Service for Parents.

Ectopic Pregnancy
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information on ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

http://www.ectopic.org.uk/
Support information for ectopic pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation
http://www.ectopicpregnancy.co.uk/
Information for anyone affected by ectopic pregnancy, with FAQ’s in a number of languages.
Helpline: 0845 070 4636 (lines open 24 hours)
Email: info@theepf.org

Down’s Syndrome Testing
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/screening-amniocentesis-downs-syndrome.aspx#close
NHS information on testing for Down’s Syndrome in pregnancy.

Pre-eclampsia
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Pre-eclampsia/Pages/Introduction.aspx
NHS information on Pre-eclampsia.

Disabled Parents Network - DPN
www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk
Information for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents.

Which? Birth Choice
http://www.which.co.uk/birth-choice
Online advice for choices of where to give birth.

Doula UK
http://doula.org.uk/
Supporting women and their families during pregnancy and childbirth, to find a doula in your area visit the website.

Count The Kicks
http://countthekicks.org.uk/
Information for Mums, to give confidence throughout a pregnancy.

Antenatal Results and Choices – ARC
http://www.arc-uk.org/
ARC offer support to parents who may be making difficult choices before, during and after antenatal tests for abnormalities.
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 (lines open Mondays - Fridays 10am - 5.30pm)
Email: info@arc-uk.org

Obesity and Pregnancy
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/overweight-pregnant.aspx#close
NHS information about obesity in pregnancy.

The Baby Centre
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/labourandbirth/labourcomplications/caesareanrecovery
Information about recovery after a C section.

Baby and Pregnancy
http://www.babyandpregnancy.co.uk/special-care-babies-neonatal-units.html
Information about special care babies and neonatal units.

Net Mums
http://www.netmums.com/
Online membership organisation with support on all aspects of being a Mum.



MULTIPLE BIRTHS

Multiple Births
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/giving-birth-to-twins.aspx
NHS information about multiple births.

Tamba
https://www.tamba.org.uk/
Tamba provide support to families of twins, triplets and more; helplines are staffed by parents of multiples.
Twinline: 0800 138 0509 (lines open 10am - 1pm and 7pm - 10pm)
Email: asktwinline@tamba.org.uk

Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)
http://www.tamba.org.uk/TTTS
Information about TTTS, a possible complication of a multiple pregnancy.

Twins UK
http://www.twinsuk.co.uk/
Offering support advice to anyone expecting or with twins or triplets.



PREMATURE BIRTH

Bliss
http://www.bliss.org.uk/
Bliss support parents of babies born prematurely.
Helpline: 0500 618140 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-9pm)
Email: hello@bliss.org.uk

24 Weeks Plus
http://www.24weeksplus.com/index.php?doc=28
Information for parents of premature babies.

Tommy’s
http://www.tommys.org
Tommy’s offer information about premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth; midwife can be contacted on the helpline.
Helpline: 0800 0147 800 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: info@tommys.org



FERTILITY

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - HFEA
http://www.hfea.gov.uk/fertility.html
Information for anyone having or considering fertility treatment, including details about clinics and costs.
Information: 020 7291 8200 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email:: enquiriesteam@hfea.gov.uk

Infertility Network UK
http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/
Offering support to anyone affected by infertility.
Support line: 0121 323 5025 (lines open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 4pm)
Email: admin@infertilitynetworkuk.com

NHS – Infertility Costs
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/889.aspx?CategoryID=54
Information for NHS infertility treatment and costs.



SPECIALIST ORGANISATIONS

SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society
http://www.uk-sands.org
SANDS support bereaved parents and families if a baby dies before during or after childbirth.
Helpline: 020 7436 5881 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Tues & Thus 6 -10)
Email: helpline@uk-sands.org

Miscarriage Association
http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/ Supporting anyone who has been affected by a pregnancy loss.
Helpline: 01924 200 799 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm)

House of Light
http://www.pndsupport.co.uk/
Offering support to new mums and anyone concerned about Post Natal Depression.
Helpline: 0800 043 2031 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)
Email: help@pndsupport.co.uk

Stonewall: Pregnant Pause
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_home/parenting/3463.asp
Information for lesbians about pregnancy.

COTS
www.surrogacy.org.uk
COTS are a voluntary surrogacy organisation. Potential surrogates and intended parents can become members of COTS and access support and expertise, also includes online details of IVF clinics willing to help in surrogacy.
Email: info@surrogacy.org.uk