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Pregnancy & Childbirth

UPDATED: 17.10.2022
In this section you can find support for the following:
Pregnancy
Childbirth
Multiple births
Premature birth
Post Natal Depression & Perinatal Mental Health

For Miscarriage  Stillbirth support, please click here 
For Fertility issues & family choices, please click here


PREGNANCY

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)

Kicks Count
https://www.kickscount.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.

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

Pre-Natal Paternity Test
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/mens-health/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 – Friday 10am – 1pm)

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

Gestational Diabetes
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes/
NHS information on diabetes in pregnancy, it’s effects and treatment.

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.

Alcohol & Pregnancy 
https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/drinking-alcohol-while-pregnant/
NHS information on the dangers of alcohol use in pregnancy.

Illegal Drug Use in Pregnancy
https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/illegal-drugs/
NHS information on managing drug use when pregnant.

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

Cervical Stitch
https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/cervical-stitch/
Information for patients on having a cervical stitch – also called cervical cerclage.

Severe vomiting – Hyperemesis-gravidarum
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/severe-vomiting-in-pregnancy-hyperemesis-gravidarum/
Information on severe vomiting in pregnancy.

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/caesarean-section/recovery/
Information about recovery after a C section.

Group B Streptococcus - GBS Infection
https://gbss.org.uk/
Information and support for early and late onset Streptococcal B Infection in new born babies.

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.

Twins Trust
https://twinstrust.org/
Twins Trust provide support to families of twins, triplets and more; helplines are staffed by parents of multiples.
Email: enquiries@twinstrust.org  

Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)
https://twinstrust.org/let-us-help/pregnancy-and-birth/finding-out/complications/ttts.html
Information about TTTS, a possible complication of a multiple pregnancy.


PREMATURE BIRTH

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/baby-special-intensive-care/
Information about special care babies and neonatal units.

Bliss
http://www.bliss.org.uk/
Bliss support parents of babies born prematurely.
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: midwife@tommys.org



POST NATAL DEPRESSION & PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

House of Light – PND support
https://houseoflight.org.uk/ 
Providing support and information to women affected by Post Natal Depression and their families.
Helpline: 0800 043 2031 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: help@houseoflight.org.uk

Maternal Mental Health Alliance
https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/
Aiming to ensure women and families affected by perinatal mental health problems have access to quality, comprehensive perinatal mental health care. 

Association for Post Natal Illness - APNI
http://apni.org/
Offering support for post-natal depression.
Helpline: 0207 386 0868 (lines open Monday - Friday 10am – 2pm)

Net Mums – Post Natal Depression
https://www.netmums.com/support/pnd-signs-and-symptoms
Support for post natal depression.

Panda’s Foundation
http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk
Providing support for pre and post natal depression.
Helpline: 0808 1961 776 (lines open Monday – Sunday 11am – 10pm)

APP –Postpartum 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.

Birth Trauma Association
https://birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/
Peer support for women who have suffered a traumatic birth.