Updated April 2014, next review April 2017

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 the Eat well, be well 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.

Visit the National Drugs Helpline website.

Eating for Pregnancy

Information on diet and food safety during pregnancy.

Visit the Eating in Pregnancy website.

NHS Exercise in Pregnancy

Information on staying active in pregnancy.

Visit the Exercise in Pregnancy website.

Go Smokefree

Friendly, expert advisers to help you stop smoking.

Call them on 0800 022 4 332.

Visit the Go Smokefree website.

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.

Visit the QUIT website.

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.

Visit the Vegetarian Society website.

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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.

Visit the Care for the family website.

Child Bereavement Charity

Leaflets, books and videos for the bereaved.

Helpline: 01494 568900.

Visit the Child Bereavement Charity website.

Cruse Bereavement Care

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

Helpline: 0844 477 9400.

Visit the Cruse Bereavement Care website.

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.

Visit the FSID website.

Miscarriage Association

Support and information for families who have miscarried.

Helpline: 01924 200 799.

Visit the Miscarriage Association website.

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.

Visit the Sands website.

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Breastfeeding

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Support for mothers who breastfeed.

Helpline: 08444 122 949.

Visit the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers website.

The Breastfeeding Network

Information and support for mothers who breastfeed.

Call them on 0300 100 0210.

Visit the The Breastfeeing Network website.

La Leche League

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

Helpline: 0845 120 2918.

Visit the La Leche League website.

Medela UK Ltd

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

Call them on 0161 776 0400.

Visit the Medela UK Ltd website.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Non-judgmental, independent, mother-centred support and information on breastfeeding your baby.

Helpline: 0300 100 0212.

Visit the National Breastfeeding Helpline website.

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Financial advice

Citizens Advice

Provides advice and information and details for your local bureau.

Visit the Citizens Advice website.

Directgov

Information and factsheets about benefits and other money topics.

Visit the Directgov website.

Early Support Programme

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

Visit the Early Support Programme website.

Family Fund

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

Call them on 08449 744 099.

Visit the Family Fund website.

National Debtline

Free, confidential and independent advice about debt problems.

Helpline: 0808 808 4000.

Visit the National Debtline website.

Tax Credit Helpline

Provides advice to families on tax credits.

Call them on 0845 300 3900.

Visit the Tax Credit Helpline website.

Turn2us

Provides help to access benefits and grants.

Call them on 0808 802 2000.

Visit the Turn2us website.

Working Families

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

Helpline: 0800 013 0313.

Visit the Working Familiies website.

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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 the APP Website.

The Association for Postnatal Illness

A support system for women suffering with postnatal depression.

Call them on 020 7386 0868.

Visit the Association for Postnatal Illness website.

Birth Trauma Association

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

Visit the Birth Trauma Association website.

Bliss Counselling Service

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

Helpline: 0500 618 140.

Visit the Bliss Counselling Service website.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

Call them on 01455 883316.

Visit the BACP Website.

Contact a Family

Offers advice and information for families with disabled children.

Helpline: 0808 808 3555.

Visit the Contact a Family website.

Depression-in-Pregnancy.org

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

Visit the Depression-in-Pregnancy website.

Gingerbread

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

Helpline: 0808 802 0925.

Visit the Gingerbread website.

Home-Start

Support for families with young children.

Call them on 0800 068 63 68.

Visit the Home-Start website.

MDF The Bipolar Organisation

Supporting individuals with bipolar disorder.

Call them on 020 7931 6480.

Visit the MDF website.

Family Lives

Support for anyone parenting a child.

Helpline: 0808 800 2222.

Visit the Family Lives website.

Rainbow Trust

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

Call them on 01372 363438.

Visit the Rainbow Trust website.

Samaritans

Confidential service offering emotional support to those in need.

Call them on 08457 90 90 90.

Visit thei Samaritans website.

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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 the Bliss website.

Irish Premature Babies

Information and support for families in the Irish Republic.

Visit the Irish Premature Babies 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 the The Sick Children's Trust website.

Tiny Life

Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity.

Call them on 028 9081 5050.

Visit the Tiny Life website.

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Specific conditions

Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC)

Support for those with pre-eclampsia.

Call them on 01386 761 848.

Visit the APEC website.

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 the ROPARD website.

Brain and Spine Foundation

Information on neurological disorders.

Helpline: 0808 808 1000.

Visit the Brain and Spine Foundation website.

British Heart Foundation

Support for those with heart conditions.

Helpline: 0300 330 3311.

Visit the British Heart Foundation website.

British Lung Foundation

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

Helpline: 0845 850 5020.

Visit the British Lung Foundation website.

British Red Cross

Private courses on first aid and resuscitation techniques.

Visit the British Red Cross website.

Cerebra

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

Helpline: 0800 328 1159.

Visit the Cerebra website.

Children's Liver Disease Foundation

Information and support for childhood liver diseases.

Visit the Children's Liver Disease Foundation website.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)

Information and support for those with cleft lip and palate.

Call them on 020 7833 4883.

Visit the CLAPA website.

Down's Syndrome Association

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

Call them on 0208 614 5100.

Visit the Down's Syndrome Association website.

FAS Aware UK

Help and support fot families affected by fetal alcohol syndrome.

Visit the FAS Aware UK website.

Group B Strep Support

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

Call them on 01444 416176.

Visit the Group B Strep Support website.

Hi2u

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

Visit the Hi2u website.

Meningitis Research Foundation

Promotes education and awareness about meningitis and septicaemia.

Call them on 080 8800 3344.

Visit the Meningitis Research Foundation website.

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service

Offers various resources for those affected by ADHD.

Visit the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service website.

Newlife

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

Contact their nurse services on 0800 902 0095.

Visit the Newlife website.

SCOPE

Support for cerebral palsy and related disabilities.

Call them on 0808 800 3333.

Visit the SCOPE website.

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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 the Multiple Births Foundation 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.

Visit the TAMBA website.

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Travel and oxygen

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

General child safety advice.

Call them on 020 7608 3828.

Visit the CAPT 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 the RoSPA website.

Vitalair

Information about where to get oxygen supplies.

Call them on 0800 136 603.

Visit the Vitalair website.

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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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