Pregnancy to Childbirth

UPDATED: 15.10.2018
In this section you can find support for the following:
Pregnancy choices
Childbirth
Multiple births
Premature birth
Fertility
Surrogacy

For Miscarriage  Stillbirth support, please click here 

 

PREGNANCY CHOICES

Emergency Contraception – Morning After Pill
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/where-can-i-get-emergency-contraception.aspx
NHS information on emergency contraception ( morning after pill) and where to get it.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service - BPAS

http://www.bpas.org/
BPAS offer support information to assist women in making their own decisions on pregnancy.
Helpline: 03457 30 40 30 (lines open 24 hours) 

Marie Stopes International

http://www.mariestopes.org.uk/
Centres in the UK offer a range of services including abortion advice and help. Website includes a live chat service. 
Helpline: 0345 300 8090 (lines open 24 hours)

Brook 

http://www.brook.org.uk/your-life/category/pregnancy
Brook offer support if you’re under 25 and think you might be pregnant. 
Ask Brook 24/7 always available online to answer your questions.

NHS – Teen Pregnancy Support

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/teenager-pregnant.aspx#close
Information about teen pregnancy support.

Antenatal Results and Choices - ARC 

http://www.arc-uk.org
ARC provide support to parents making difficult choices following antenatal tests for abnormalities.
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 (lines open Mondays - Fridays 10am - 5.30pm)
Email: 
info@arc-uk.org 

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

Count The Kicks

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

Pregnancy Over 40

http://www.mumsnet.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-over-40

Mumsnet  information for women embarking on motherhood later in life.


FPA 
http://www.fpa.org.uk/
Offering support advice for sexual health and relationships.
Northern Ireland: 0345 122 8687 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)

Pre-Natal Paternity Test

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/what-is-a-prenatal-paternity-test
NHS information on pre-natal paternity testing.

Stonewall: Pregnant Pause 
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_home/parenting/3463.asp
Pregnant Pause Pregnant Pause is a downloadable guide for lesbians about pregnancy.

Maternity Action

http://www.maternityaction.org.uk/
Advice for concerns about your rights during pregnancy and after.
Adviceline: 0808 802 0029 (
lines open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11am – 2pm)

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.

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

 

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

 

Stroke
https://www.stroke.org.uk/resources/women-and-stroke
Download information on women and stroke including risk factors of  stroke during pregnancy.

 

CHILDBIRTH 
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.

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.

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. 

Birthmarks

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/birthmarks/Pages/Introduction.aspx

NHS information on the different types of birthmarks that may be visible at birth or soon after.

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: 0808 801 0322 (
lines open Monday - Friday 10am – 12noon & Monday - Wednesday 7pm-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


POST NATAL DEPRESSION
House of Light – PND support

http://www.pndsupport.co.uk
Support and information for women affected by Post Natal Depression and their families.
Helpline: 0800 043 2031 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: help@pndsupport.co.uk

 

APP –Post partum Psychosis

https://www.app-network.org/

Information and support on Postpartum  Psychosis a severe, but treatable  form of mental illness that may occur after a birth.


FERTILITY
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - HFEA 

https://www.hfea.gov.uk/
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 

Fertility Network UK
http://www.fertilitynetworkuk.org/
Offering support to anyone affected by infertility.  

NHS – Infertility Costs

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

 

SURROGACY

Surrogacy Information
https://www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/explore-all-treatments/surrogacy/
Information on surrogacy.

Surrogacy – Government information 

https://www.gov.uk/legal-rights-when-using-surrogates-and-donors/overview  
Government information on the legal rights of parents and surrogates.

Surrogacy UK

https://www.surrogacyuk.org/

Membership organisation for ‘intended parents’ and surrogates who reside in the UK.


COTS
https://www.surrogacy.org.uk/
A voluntary surrogacy organisation, offering support to surrogates and intended parents.