Fertility Friends – the leading infertility community in the UK, with members at every stage of their journey – infertility, adoption, parenting after infertility and moving on
Tommy’s – funding research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and providing information for parents-to-be. The Tommy’s Pregnancy Line is staffed by midwives and can take your call Mon to Fri 9am-5pm 0800 0147 800
www.tommys.org | @Tommys_baby | facebook.com/tommys
Also, @TommysMidwives | facebook.com/havingahealthypregnancy
MAMA Academy – aiming to equip all expectant mums and healthcare professionals with vital knowledge and education to give every baby the best chance of arriving safely and healthily
www.mamaacademy.org.uk | @MAMAAcademy | facebook.com/MAMAAcademy
NHS Choices Pregnancy & Baby Guide – more than 200 easy to read pages about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, including detailed week-by-week guides and lots of expert videos, parents’ tips and interactive tools to explore
www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby | @NHSChoices
Start 4 Life – NHS information service for parents offering healthy tips and advice for pregnant women, new mums, dads-to-be, friends and family
www.nhs.uk/start4life | @NHS_Parents | facebook.com/Start4LifeInformationServiceForParents/
Which? Birth Choice – aims to empower women to make the right choice about where to give birth. Understand your birth options, learn about how you can shape your birth experience, and find the best place for your needs. Supported by the Royal College of Midwives and in partnership with BirthChoiceUK
Action on Pre-eclampsia – raising public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia, improve care, and ease or prevent the physical and emotional suffering caused by the condition. Call the APEC helpline on 0208 427 4217 Mon to Fri 9am-4.30pm
www.action-on-pre-eclampsia.org.uk | @APEC_UK | facebook.com/APEC.UK
Pregnancy Sickness Support – charity working to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and the severe form of the condition, hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). PSS information line 024 7638 2020 – please note this is an answer phone service; leave a message and a volunteer will call you back. Online support forum available on website.
www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk | @HGSupportUK | facebook.com/PregnancySicknessSupport
Group B Strep Support – offering information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus, informing health professionals how most group B strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, and generating continued support for research into preventing group B strep infections in newborn babies. Helpline 01444 416176 Weekdays 9.15am – 3pm
www.gbss.org.uk | @GBSSupport | facebook.com/GroupBStrepSupport
ICP Support – for anyone affected by intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Support and information for women suffering from obstetric cholestasis. Call 07549 667011 9am-9pm Mon, Thur & Fri or 07843 660349 10am-8pm Mon to Fri for support and information
www.icpsupport.org | @icpsupport | facebook.com/icpsupport
Healthy Start – NHS service providing vouchers to low income parents to spend on milk, fruit and vegetables and vitamins
Pregnancy Loss and Bereavement Support
SANDS – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, operating throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. If you need support, you can call the SANDS helpline 0207 436 5881 Mon to Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, and on Tues and Thurs evenings 6pm-10pm
www.uk-sands.org | @SandsUK | facebook.com/sandscharity. Also, some local support groups have their own pages or closed groups.
Miscarriage Association – if you have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, the Miscarriage Association can provide you with information and support you need to help you through. You can contact their helpline Mon to Fri 9am-4pm 01924 200 799
www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk | @MiscarriageA | facebook.com/MiscarriageAssociation
Saying Goodbye – national support and remembrance services for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy – will help you process and deal with your grief, and allow your baby’s life to be acknowledged and remembered in a beautiful and fitting way
www.sayinggoodbye.org | @SayingGoodbyeUK | facebook.com/SayingGoodbyeUK
PANDAS – the leading UK charity supporting families suffering from pre and postnatal illnesses. PANDAS vision is to support every individual, family and carer suffering with perinatal mental health illnesses. The PANDAS helpline is open Mon to Sun 9am-8pm 0843 28 98 401
www.pandasfoundation.org.uk | @Pandas_UK | facebook.com/PANDASFoundation. Also, some local support groups have their own pages or closed groups.
Birth Trauma Association – supporting women suffering from postnatal post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. Aim to offer advice and support to all women who are finding it hard to cope with their childbirth experience
www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk | @BirthTrauma | facebook.com/groups/TheBTA
It’s Good to Talk – resources for counselling and psychotherapy, help to find a therapist
Action on Postpartum Psychosis – charity responding to severe postnatal mental illness. Providing up-to-date information, research & support.
www.app-network.org | @ActionOnPP | facebook.com/ActionOnPP
Help and Support for Parents
Child Growth Foundation- leading UK charity focusing on growth and endocrine problems.
Doula UK – doulas support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Doula UK supports doulas by offering guidance and support, and also provides information to parents, the media and health professionals with regard to doulas
www.doula.org.uk | @DoulaUK | facebook.com/doulauk
Best Beginnings – committed to giving every baby the healthiest possible start in life. Provides advice and information on pregnancy, life with baby, infant feeding, and supporting a sick or premature baby
www.bestbeginnings.org.uk | @BestBeginnings | facebook.com/bestbeginningscharity
Also, @BestBMMH for maternal mental health and @babybuddyapp for the Baby Buddy pregnancy and parenting app.
TAMBA Twins and Multiple Births Association – improving the lives of families with twins, triplets or more, undertaking research, campaigning, and providing information and support. The free helpline is open 7 days a week 10am-1pm & 7pm-10pm 0800 138 0509
www.tamba.org.uk | @tamba_twins_mb | facebook.com/Twins-Multiple-Births-Association-Tamba-103579663011034
Lullaby Trust – providing specialist support for bereaved families, promoting expert advice on safer baby sleep and raising awareness on sudden infant death. Information and advice line 0808 802 6869 and bereavement support helpline 0808 802 6868 Mon to Fri 10am-5pm and weekends 6pm-10pm
www.lullabytrust.org.uk | @LullabyTrust | facebook.com/lullabytrust
Also, @LittleLullabyUK | facebook.com/LittleLullabyUK for advice and support for young parents
NCT – offering information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Also provide a range of antenatal and postnatal courses for parents
www.nct.org.uk | @NCTcharity | facebook.com/nationalchildbirthtrust. Also, some local NCT groups have their own pages and closed groups.
Citizens Advice – charity helping to resolve people’s problems through advice and campaigning, including issues around work and maternity leave
www.citizensadvice.org.uk | @citizensadvice | facebook.com/CitizensAdvice
Infant Feeding Support
La Leche League GB – an international charitable organisation founded to give women information and encouragement, mainly through mother-to-mother support, to all women who want to breastfeed their babies. Breastfeeding helpline 0845 120 2918
www.laleche.org.uk | @LLLGB | facebook.com/breastfeedinglllgb. Also, some local support groups have their own pages or closed groups.
The Breastfeeding Network – aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and those involved in their care. The National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 100 0212 open daily 9.30am-9.30pm
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk | @BfN_UK | facebook.com/TheBreastfeedingNetworkUK
Fearless Formula Feeder – blog and community dedicated to infant feeding choice, committed to providing non-judgmental support for all new parents
www.fearlessformulafeeder.com | @FormulaFeeder | facebook.com/fearlessformulafeeder
Special Care Babies
Bliss – the special care baby charity, for babies born too soon, too small or too sick. Their free help and advice line is open Mon to Fri 9am-9pm 0500 618140
www.bliss.org.uk | @BlissCharity | facebook.com/BlissCharity
Tiny Lives – charity supporting premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne
www.tinylives.org.uk | @TinyLivesTrust | facebook.com/TinyLivesRVI