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Resources

Organisations offering advice and support

PREGNANCY

NHS PRENATAL GUIDE - NHS Step by step on what to expect during your prenatal care from health professionals.

AIMS UK - (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) They support all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaign for a system which truly meets the needs of all.

KICKS COUNT - Information on monitoring baby’s movements in the womb

SPINNING BABIES - Information on improving baby’s fetal position

FNP - Voluntary home visiting programme for first-time young mums and families

TOMMYS - Information on pregnancy complications

PREGNANCY SICKNESS - Information & support on Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme pregnancy sickness)

PELVIC PARTNERSHIP - Information on pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

POSITIVE BIRTH MOVEMENT - Global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media

YOUR BODY, YOUR RIGHTS

BIRTH RIGHTS - Dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights

WHICH - Helping you to decide where to give birth

BROOK - Sexual Health & Wellbeing support for under 25 Year olds.

MATERNITY ACTION - UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children

MY BUMP PAY - Compare the maternity pay and parental leave policies of UK based companies.

FOURTH TRIMESTER SUPPORT

UCLH - NHS Information on postnatal care

THE FOOD DOULA - The Food Doula provides bundles of nourishing and comforting, home-cooked dishes for new parents

NHS POSTNATAL - What happens at your postnatal check ups

TOMMYS C-SECTION - Information on recovering from a C-section

BREAST/CHEST FEEDING

LA LECHE - Breast/chestfeeding Nursing support for transgender and non binary parents

VIDEO - Video on how to attach baby at the breast

HEARTS MILK BANK - Donate or receive milk from this UK milk bank

ABM - Breastfeeding information & support from trained counsellors

BREASTFEEDING COMPANION - Breast/chestfeeding tips

MISCARRIAGE & INFANT LOSS SUPPORT

MISCARRIAGE ASSOCIATION - Information & support for miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy

#IHADAMISCARRIAGE - Instagram community ran by Dr Jessica Zucker, a psychologist specialising in women's reproductive + maternal mental health

THE ECTOPIC PREGNANCY TRUST - Support for early pregnancy complication

ACTION ON PRE-ECLAMPSIA - Support for those who have experienced pre-eclampsia, concerned relatives and health.

SAYING GOODBYE -  Provides support for anyone who has suffered baby loss, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, whether the loss be recent or historic.

SANDS - Information & support on stillbirth & neonatal death

BOOKS & LINKS

BEST BEGINNINGS - helping families in communities across the country to build their knowledge and confidence to look after their own and their children's health and well-being.

LESBIAN/GAY PARENT - LGBT network for parents and parents to be.

REFUGE - For support with domestic violence in pregnancy.

I TRANSLATE - App that can translate to help communicate with midwives/health professionals

DOULA UK - Accessing online doula support

IMUK - Search for an independent midwife

PREGNANCY CHOICES DIRECTORY - Free help and advice about unplanned pregnancy or post-abortion issues in the UK

BPAS - Advice & information on abortion care

EXPATICA - Useful information on giving birth in the UK

ARC - non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening

POSITIVE BIRTH COMPANY - Collection of positive birth stories

VBAC STORIES - Positive stories of black women having successful vaginal births after C-Secions

BIRTHWORKERS OF COLOUR - Directory listing birth workers of colour throughout the UK

 

The Birth Partner - Penny Simkin

Birthing From Within - Pam England

10 oils aromatherapy for the childbearing year - Nicola Goodall

Real Food For Pregnancy - Lily Nichols

The Doulas guide to empowering your birth - Lindsey Bliss

The First Forty Days - Heng Ou

The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums - Beccy Hands

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health - Aviva Jill Romm

The Wonder Weeks - Hetty Van de Rijt , Frans Plooij & Xaviera Plas-Plooij 

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices - Sarah Buckley