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Other organisations and resources who can give support if you are planning a pregnancy with a serious mental illness

ACAS

Free advice on your rights at work, including information on pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Action for Children 
Supports families by providing expert advice, support and parenting programmes.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Information and support for women with postpartum psychosis and their partners.

Adfam
The national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Helpline 0800 917 7650
A free self-help group offering a "12-step" programme for getting sober with the help of regular support groups.

Ambitious about Autism
National charity for children and young people with autism.

Association for Post Natal Illness
Helpline 020 7386 0868 or urgent out of hours 020 8785 2689 
To talk to a volunteer who has had, and recovered from, post-natal illness by email, phone or post. Also provides information for partners and carers.

Bipolar UK: Women and Bipolar
Information about pregnancy and childbirth for people affected by bipolar disorder.

Birth Trauma Association
Supports women who experience birth trauma or PTSD and provides information for their partners.

BUMPS
Information on the use of medicines in pregnancy.

Carer’s UK
Help and support for carers, including information on carer’s assessments

Childline
Telephone 0800 1111
Information for children who support someone with a mental illness.

Citizens Advice
Free advice on your rights with housing, work, benefits and health.

Cry-Sis
Telephone 08451 228 669
Provides help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. 

Drinkline
Helpline 0300 123 1110
National alcohol helpline.

Eating disorders and pregnancy
Information on nutrition for women with an eating disorder

Family Action 
Telephone 0808 802 6666
Provides practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

Family Lives
Telephone 0808 800 2222
A charity that supports families who are struggling. Their website includes information on what to expect from social services.

Frank
Provides free, confidential advice about drug taking and gives information about local support services.

GALOP
Helpline 0800 999 5428
LGBT+ anti-violence charity, which runs a National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Gingerbread
Telephone 0808 802 0925
Supports single parent families.

Gov.uk
Includes information on work, benefits and parenting.

Healthy Start
Helpline 0345 607 6823
Provides vouchers for food and vitamins.

Home-Start Charity 
A local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children.

Maternity Action
Provides information about maternity and parental rights.

Mind
Telephone 0300 123 3393
Provides support and advice for anyone experiencing mental illness.

MumsAid 
Telephone 07758 763908
Provides pregnant women and new mums with specialist counselling for emotional or mental health difficulties.

Mums on the spectrum
Facebook group for mums with autism.

Mygov.scot
Information on benefits and grants for people living in Scotland.

National Autistic Society
Helpline 0808 800 4104
UK's largest provider of specialist autism services.

National Breastfeeding Helpline
Helpline 0300 100 0212
Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.

National domestic abuse helpline
Helpline 0808 2000 247
24 hour helpline, run by Refuge, for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.

NHS contraception guide
A guide to choosing the right type of contraception for you.

NHS Direct Wales
A guide to services and support for parents.

NHS stop smoking services in:
England
Wales
Northern Ireland
Scotland

NHS Smokefree
Helpline 0300 123 1044
Advice and tips on how to stop smoking.

PANDAS
Telephone 0808 1961 776
For advice and support on pre- and post-natal depression.

PTSD UK
Support and information for anyone experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

RapeCrisis England and Wales 
Provides services for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, including rape crisis centres and a live chat helpline.

RapeCrisis Scotland
Helpline 08088 01 03 02
Provides a helpline and email support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence.

Ready Steady Baby in Scotland
A guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks.

Refuge
Helpline 0808 2000 247
Support for women who have experienced violence and abuse.

Respect
Telephone 0808 802 4040
Support and advice for people who are violent towards other people, who are looking for help to stop.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Information on mental illness and treatments.

Samaritans UK
Telephone 116 123
Provides support and listening to people day and night.

Sure Start in England
How to find a Sure Start centre for help and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment.

Sure Start in Northern Ireland
Support for parents with children aged under four years old, living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Includes information about pregnancy and childbirth for parents with HIV.

The Breastfeeding Network
Provides a Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service by email and facebook page.

The Dadsnet
Online community for dads
.

The Survivor’s Trust
Information and support for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse to prepare for pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

We are with you
Previously known as Addaction. One of the UK's leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.

Women’s Aid
24-hour domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247

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Thinking ahead to pregnancy and after

  • A baby asleep in his mum's arms

    Thinking ahead: early days with a newborn

    You can plan ahead for the early days with a newborn by thinking about what help you might need to keep well and to look after your baby. With the right support, women with mental illness can look after their children just as well as any other parent.

  • Woman experiencing contractions.

    Thinking ahead: labour and birth

    It’s hard to describe childbirth. Labour is different for everyone and your experience and feelings about the birth can depend on what you expect compared to what happens.

    Last reviewed on July 24th, 2020. Next review date July 24th, 2023.

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