Charities & support organisations

little feet of newborn baby in mother's handsThere are some truly wonderful charities and other organisations offering advice, support and assistance to parents and parents-to-be. Here is list of some that you will hopefully find of help if you need it.

Many of these organisations rely on charitable funding to carry out their work, so if you are looking for a cause to champion or fundraise for, you could consider one of these.

Fertility

Infertility Network UK – the national infertility charity, dedicated to the support of everyone affected by infertility

www.infertilitynetworkuk.com | @infertilityNUK | facebook.com/InfertilityNetworkUK

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

www.fertilityfriends.co.uk

 

Pregnancy

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/tommysthebabycharity

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/pages/Start4Life-information-service-for-parents

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

www.which.co.uk/birth-choice

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

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

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

 

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 | facebook.com/sandscharity

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

 

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

First Touch – supporting sick and premature babies at St. George’s Hospital, South West London

www.first-touch.org.uk | @FirstTouchNNU | facebook.com/pages/First-Touch-supporting-babies-at-St-Georges-Hospital

 

Mental Health

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

PNI ORG UK – website and forum run by sufferers and past sufferers of postnatal illness (PNI). Aim to promote the good health of women currently and previously suffering from postnatal illness by providing self help services, peer support networks, information, education, advice and advocacy

www.pni.org.uk | @PNIORGUK | facebook.com/pages/PNI-ORG-UK

 

Help for Parents

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

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/pages/twins-multiple-births-association-tamba

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

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

 

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

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.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.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

 

If you can suggest other organisations to add to our resources, please get in touch @BlogsForBabies

 

 

 

 

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