Updated October 2013

More support for you

The following organisations can give you more information about the topics covered in our Prematurity section.


A healthy pregnancy

Drinkline

Support and information about anything related to alcohol, including for families of people who are drinking too much.

Helpline: 0800 917 8282.

Eat well, be well

Information about food in pregnancy, including tips on eating well, recipes and information about food labelling.

Visit their website.

National Drugs Helpline

Advice and information on services and support available for people who have drug-related problems.

Call them on 0800 77 66 00.

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Eating for Pregnancy

Information on diet and food safety during pregnancy.

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NHS Exercise in Pregnancy

Information on staying active in pregnancy.

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Go Smokefree

Friendly, expert advisers to help you stop smoking.

Call them on 0800 022 4 332.

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QUIT

Advice and support for giving up smoking. Call the number below to talk to a stop smoking expert who can take you through the process of quitting, and help you if you get into difficulties.

Call them on 0800 00 22 00.

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Vegetarian Society

Comprehensive guide on eating well as an expectant mother, and advice on how to give your baby a nutritious diet as a vegetarian parent.

Call them on 0161 925 2000.

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Bereavement

Care for the family

A charity offering advice and support for parents who have lost a child.

Call them on 029 2081 0800.

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Child Bereavement Charity

Leaflets, books and videos for the bereaved.

Helpline: 01494 568900.

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Cruse Bereavement Care

Promotes the well-being of those who have suffered a bereavement.

Helpline: 0844 477 9400.

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Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID)

Aims to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health. It also gives support to bereaved parents and their  families and has a network of trained befrienders to support bereaved families.

Helpline: 0808 802 6868.

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Miscarriage Association

Support and information for families who have miscarried.

Helpline: 01924 200 799.

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SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)

Support and information for bereaved parents and their families when their baby dies at or soon after birth.

Helpline: 020 7436 5881.

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Breastfeeding

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Support for mothers who breastfeed.

Helpline: 08444 122 949.

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The Breastfeeding Network

Information and support for mothers who breastfeed.

Call them on 0300 100 0210.

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La Leche League

Friendly, sociable organisation that focuses on breastfeeding. Find a local La Leche League group on the website.

Helpline: 0845 120 2918.

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Medela UK Ltd

Produces a range of breast pumps, including hospital grade pumps for hire.

Call them on 0161 776 0400.

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NHS Breastfeeding

Advice and support on breastfeeding your baby.

Helpline: 0300 100 0212.

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Financial advice

Citizens Advice

Provides advice and information and details for your local bureau.

Visit their website.

Directgov

Information and factsheets about benefits and other money topics.

Visit their website.

Early Support Programme

Information relating to the support of parents with disabled children, and their health, social care and educational needs.

Visit their website.

Family Fund

Financial help for families of disabled and seriously ill children, under the age of 16.

Call them on 08449 744 099.

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National Debtline

Free, confidential and independent advice about debt problems.

Helpline: 0808 808 4000.

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Tax Credit Helpline

Provides advice to families on tax credits.

Call them on 0845 300 3900.

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Turn2us

Provides help to access benefits and grants.

Call them on 0808 802 2000.

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Working Families

Information and details on employment rights, childcare and flexible working.

Helpline: 0800 013 0313.

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Mental well-being

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP)

An organisation set up by women who have suffered postpartum psychosis, in order to raise awareness of and research into the condition.

Visit their website.

The Association for Post-natal Illness

A support system for women suffering with postnatal depression.

Call them on 020 7386 0868.

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Birth Trauma Association

Support for all women who have had a traumatic birth experience.

Visit their website.

Bliss Counselling Service

Aims to help you find a counsellor trained in the issues surrounding prematurity.

Helpline: 0500 618 140.

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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Provides information for those who are considering some form of counselling.

Call them on 01455 883316.

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Contact a Family

Offers advice and information for families with disabled children.

Helpline: 0808 808 3555.

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Depression-in-Pregnancy.org

Information for women who are affected by antenatal depression, stress and anxiety in pregnancy.

Visit their website.

Gingerbread

Information and support for lone parents through a nework of local groups.

Helpline: 0808 802 0925.

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Home-Start

Support for families with young children.

Call them on 0800 068 63 68.

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MDF The Bipolar Organisation

Supporting individuals with bipolar disorder.

Call them on 020 7931 6480.

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Family Lives

Support for anyone parenting a child.

Helpline: 0808 800 2222.

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Rainbow Trust

Supports families with children who suffer from a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Call them on 01372 363438.

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Samaritans

Confidential service offering emotional support to those in need.

Call them on 08457 90 90 90.

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Prematurity

Bliss

An organisation devoted to premature and sick babies, offers confidential help and advice to new parents of special care children as well as a forum where you can chat to other people in a similar situation.

Helpline: 0500 618 140.

Visit their website.

Irish Premature Babies

Information and support for families in the Irish Republic.

Visit their website.

The Sick Children's Trust (SCT)

The SCT has seven 'Homes from Home' offering clean, comfortable accommodation for families to stay close to their sick baby's bedside.

Visit their website.

Tiny Life

Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity.

Call them on 028 9081 5050.

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Specific conditions

Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC)

Support for those with pre-eclampsia.

Call them on 01386 761 848.

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Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases

ROPARD is an organisation dedicated to eradicating problems of sight which might occur as a result of premature birth.

Visit their website.

Brain and Spine Foundation

Information on neurological disorders.

Helpline: 0808 808 1000.

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British Heart Foundation

Support for those with heart conditions.

Helpline: 0300 330 3311.

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British Lung Foundation

Support and advice as well as a network of Breathe Easy support groups.

Helpline: 0845 850 5020.

Visit their website.

British Red Cross

Private courses on first aid and resuscitation techniques.

Visit their website.

Cerebra

Information and support for brain-injured children and young people.

Helpline: 0800 328 1159.

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Children's Liver Disease Foundation

Information and support for childhood liver diseases.

Visit their website.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)

Information and support for those with cleft lip and palate.

Call them on 020 7833 4883.

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Down's Syndrome Association

Support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and carers.

Call them on 0208 614 5100.

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FAS Aware UK

Help and support fot families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome.

Visit their website.

Group B Strep Support

Promotes awareness and prevention of group B streptococcus in newborn babies.

Call them on 01444 416176.

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Hi2u

A website centred around ADHD, Asperger's and other hidden impairments. Includes an informative list of support groups located around the country.

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Meningitis Research Foundation

Promotes education and awareness about meningitis and septicaemia.

Call them on 080 8800 3344.

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The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service

Offers various resources for those affected by ADHD.

Visit their website.

Newlife

Help and care for sick and disabled babies, children and their families.

Contact their nurse services on 0800 902 0095.

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SCOPE

Support for cerebral palsy and related disabilities.

Call them on 0808 800 3333.

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Multiple births

The Multiple Births Foundation

Information and support for families with multiple birth children (twins, triplets, and so on).

Call them on 020 3313 3519.

Visit their website.

Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba)

Helping parents to meet the challenges that multiple birth families face.

Call their Twinline on 0800 138 0509.

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Travel and oxygen

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

General child safety advice.

Call them on 020 7608 3828.

Visit their website.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Gives advice on purchasing, fitting and using car seats for children.

Call them on 0121 248 2000.

Visit their website.

Vitalair

Information about where to get oxygen supplies.

Call them on 0800 136 603.

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A healthy pregnancy

Bereavement

Breastfeeding

Financial advice

Mental well-being

Prematurity

Specific conditions

Multiple births

Travel and oxygen



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