Pregnancy health information for you
Wherever you are in the pregnancy journey, our information and resources are for you and those close to you.
We provide evidence-based, expert and accessible information about every stage of the pregnancy journey, from planning for a baby to after the birth.
Our goal is to give you all the information and support you need to empower you to have a healthy and happy pregnancy and baby.
Reliable, up-to-date and accessible information
We are part of the pregnancy health charity, Tommy’s.
We fund, and work closely with, 5 pregnancy research centres and their specialist clinics, which investigate pregnancy complications that might lead to loss or premature birth. Thanks to this link we have access to the latest research and clinical evidence.
To make sure our information is reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand, we:
- ask women and their partners to read it and give feedback
- get expert advice from healthcare professionals
- use the latest medical and clinical evidence
- review each topic at least every 3 years
- write in plain English to make it accessible to the widest range of people.
Our PregnancyHub is guided by a team of Tommy’s midwives and overseen by our National Pregnancy Information Service Advisory Board. It includes:
- our comprehensive website
- supportive pregnancy emails, tailored to your gestation
- a Facebook page and Parenting After Loss support group
- an Instagram account
- pregnancy campaigns
- an app for parents of premature babies
- a telephone and email support service.
We rely on a number of sources to gather evidence for our information. Our information is in line with accepted national or international clinical guidelines where possible. Where no guidelines exist, we use high quality research, such as systematic reviews, published clinical trials data or a consensus review of experts. We also use medical textbooks, journals and government publications. If you’d like more information on the sources we use, please feel free to contact us.
The Information Standard
The Information Standard was an NHS certification programme for organisations producing health and care information for the public. Tommy’s was a member of the certification programme until it closed in July 2019. The certification programme was replaced by The Information Standard Principles. We continue to follow our certified Publication Process, which was set up under the Information Standard Principles to ensure that our pregnancy information is clear, accurate, balanced, evidence-based and up to date.
Working with partners
We are happy to acknowledge donations and sponsorship made to Tommy’s PregnancyHub. This gives credit to the person or organisation making the donation and supports our policy of openness about the sources of funding. We have an ethical fundraising policy, which explains how we work with our funders.
We follow accessibility and readability guidelines to make sure our information is as clear as possible. This means using plain English and avoiding jargon, explaining any medical words, using illustrations to explain text, and making sure important points are highlighted clearly. We use white space, a larger font, photos and tables to make things clearer too.
We have more information about accessibility on our website.
We try our best to provide information with no bias in regard to gender, religion, ethnicity, age, sexual preference, colour, and physical or mental ability.
We use the term ‘they’ or ‘them’ when referring to a baby, as we know that many parents do not know the gender of their baby or babies. We prefer to use the most accessible term for the most people.
When we use the term ‘mother’ or ‘mum’, we are usually referring to the person who is or was pregnant. We use these terms because they are easily understood by the most people, but we do understand that not all parents would identify as a mother or mum. We use the term ‘partner’ to cover heterosexual and same-sex relationships, as well as couples who may, or may not, be married.
Statement of responsibility
Tommy’s strives to ensure that the information on this website is accurate at the time of publication, timely, unbiased and useful. However, it should not be considered medical guidance or professional advice. Tommy’s is not responsible for errors or omission in the information provided or any actions resulting from the user of the information. If you have any concerns about your or your baby’s health, you should always speak to your midwife or other suitable healthcare professional.
Do you have feedback on our information?
If you've found some of our information really helpful, or you think there's a gap in what we offer, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us at [email protected]. Your feedback helps us provide the best possible information.
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