A healthy pregnancy
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.
Friendly, expert advisers to help you stop smoking.
Call them on 0800 022 4 332.
Visit the Go Smokefree website.
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.
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.Hide details
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.
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.Hide details
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.Hide details
Provides advice and information and details for your local bureau.
Visit the Citizens Advice website.
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.
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.
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.
Provides help to access benefits and grants.
Call them on 0808 802 2000.
Visit the Turn2us website.
Information and details on employment rights, childcare and flexible working.
Helpline: 0800 013 0313.
Visit the Working Familiies website.Hide details
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.
Information for women who are affected by antenatal depression, stress and anxiety in pregnancy.
Visit the Depression-in-Pregnancy website.
Information and support for lone parents through a nework of local groups.
Helpline: 0808 802 0925.
Visit the Gingerbread website.
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.
Support for anyone parenting a child.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222.
Visit the Family Lives website.
Supports families with children who suffer from a life-threatening or terminal illness.
Call them on 01372 363438.
Visit the Rainbow Trust website.
Confidential service offering emotional support to those in need.
Call them on 08457 90 90 90.
Visit thei Samaritans website.Hide details
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.
Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity.
Call them on 028 9081 5050.
Visit the Tiny Life website.Hide details
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.
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.
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.
Help and care for sick and disabled babies, children and their families.
Contact their nurse services on 0800 902 0095.
Visit the Newlife website.
Support for cerebral palsy and related disabilities.
Call them on 0808 800 3333.
Visit the SCOPE website.Hide details
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.
Helping parents to meet the challenges that multiple birth families face.
Call their Twinline on 0800 138 0509.
Visit the Twins Trust website.
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.
Information about where to get oxygen supplies.
Call them on 0800 136 603.
Visit the Vitalair website.Hide details
Many women expect to only feel excited and full of joy after having a baby. But sometimes, and out of nowhere, all you may want to do is cry. This can be due to a very common condition which is often called the baby blues.
Some women feel colder than usual in pregnancy. It’s isn’t always a sign that something is wrong, but it is a good idea to speak to your midwife.
Some women have a feeling that they are having twins (or triplets) before they find out for sure. If you’ve been wondering, there are sometimes signs that you may be carrying more than 1 baby.
A midwife will do much more than care for you and your baby during birth. Your midwife will give you care and advice during your pregnancy, labour and after your baby’s born. They can give your partner advice and support, too.
By Navah Michael (not verified) on 21 Dec 2019 - 11:02
Pls I gave birth at 32weeks, we are home now,baby is very healthy,but is having heat rashes in his head and neck,pls wat can I do,since he don't bath or apply anything
By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Dec 2019 - 15:44
This may be a heat rash, but it is difficult to determine if a rash is normal, without seeing your baby. I would suggest you contact your GP or maternity unit (if they have postnatal line) to seek advice about this, as soon as possible.
By [email protected] (not verified) on 3 Oct 2018 - 19:59
Hi, my daughter was born in December 2017 when she was 29weeks old, she is currently 10 months old and can not sit comfortably on her own, i feel worried and sometimes dont knw what to do. She is currently undergoing Therapy at a nearby Level 5 hospital but the congestion there is high, sometimes we end going for therapy once in a month, and i feel it is not enough for my daughter as it should be a continous process for her to progress quickly.
Is there any way you can help with the therapy?
By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Oct 2018 - 15:59
Hi, I wonder if you can discuss this with the therapists. They may be able to teach you how to help in between appointments. A bit like having some 'homework'.
Our remit at Tommy's is to research stillbirth and miscarriage. Sorry can't help more.
By sweny (not verified) on 2 Mar 2018 - 10:56
My baby was premature now she is 9 months he is again again having diarrhea
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Mar 2018 - 13:02
Hi there, it is not uncommon for babies to have diarrhoea but it is important to keep her hydrated, keep offering her sips of water throughout the day. If she has a temperature or other symptoms of being unwell then do contact the GP. If she is continuing to have regular episodes of diarrhoea then do speak with your health visitor who can support you with this. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives.
By SENTHIL KUMAR (not verified) on 28 Mar 2017 - 11:29
WE ARE BLESSED WITH A BABY BOY ON MARCH 1
HE IS IN RIO HOSPITAL MADURAI IN TAMIL NADU SOUTH INDIA
HE IS RECOVERING AND ALL VITAL PARTS ARE FUNCTIONING WELL
WITH REGARDS TO BRAIN OUR DR ADVISED TO GO FOR TAPPING THE FLUID IN THE SKULL AND WE DID IT ONCE
IS THERE ANY MEDICINES IN THIS CASE AVALIABLE
AND I WANT YOUR ASSISTANCE TO HAVE HIM HEALTHY
By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Mar 2017 - 12:23
Many congratulations on the birth of your baby! It is very difficult to be able to answer your question as I do not know at what stage of pregnancy you had your baby and why he is still in hospital? If you would like to talk further then please email us [email protected] and we will support you best we can.