Pregnancy health information

Breast Feeding Support

La Leche League

http://www.laleche.org.uk/

Helps mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding, of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother

Breast Feeding Network

http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others.

Breastfeeding advice and DVD

http://www.bestbeginnings.info/video/

The Department of Health has provided a useful DVD ‘From Bump to Breastfeeding’ for women which will help you with breastfeeding. It explains why and how to breastfeed, how to avoid problems and how to cope in more difficult situations. It also comes in several languages, including Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Polish and British sign language.

Contraception and Sexual Health

Family Planning Association

http://www.fpa.org.uk/

FPA (Family Planning Association) is the UK's leading sexual health charity. Our purpose is to enable people in the UK to make informed choices about sex and to enjoy sexual health.

Association for Postnatal Illness

 
The Association is always prepared to offer advice to depressed mothers on a wide range of issues concerning the management and treatment of postnatal illness.

Multiple Births

Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA)


Tamba is a nationwide UK charity providing information and mutual support networks for families of twins, triplets and more.

Multiple Birth Foundation

http://www.multiplebirths.org.uk/

The Multiple Births Foundation is an independent charity based at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital in West London. A vital resource to professionals and families alike, it aims to improve the care and support of multiple birth families through the education of all relevant professionals.

Premature Births

BLISS Premature Baby Charity

http://www.bliss.org.uk/

Bliss, the special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.

24 weeks plus

http://www.24weeksplus.com/

This website is the story of two ladies who have both experienced a premature birth. Their babies were born at 24 Weeks - plus either two or three days, which is why their Charity is called "24 Weeks Plus". "24 Weeks Plus" offers support to anyone who is experiencing or has experienced a premature birth regardless of gestation.

Disabled Parents

Disabled Parents Network

http://www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk/

DPN provides information, advice and peer support to disabled parents, their families and supporters.

Stillbirths / Miscarriages

Sands - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity

http://www.uk-sands.org/

Sands is an organisation which can offer you support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth.

The Child Bereavement Trust

http://www.childbereavement.org.uk/

The Child Bereavement Trust provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected both when a child dies, and when a child is bereaved of someone important in their lives.

Miscarriage Association

http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

The Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care.

Pregnancy, Birth and Early Parenthood

National Childbirth Trust

http://www.nct.org.uk/

The NCT (also known as the National Childbirth Trust) is UK's leading charity for parents.

Antenatal Care

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

www.arc-uk.org/

ARC is the only national charity which provides non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process.
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Maternity rights and benefits


If you are expecting a baby you may be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay from your employer or Maternity Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions.

If you or your partner are receiving certain benefits, you may be entitled to a Sure Start Maternity Grant. NHS dental treatment and prescriptions are free to all pregnant women. Some pregnant women are also entitled to free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, and vitamins under the 'Healthy Start' scheme.

Pregnancy and Work: What you need to know as an employee


This leaflet from the Department of Trade and Industry summarises the rights of both pregnant employees and their employers and their responsibilities towards each other.

Introduction to maternity benefits (Department of Work and Pensions)


www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/ni17a/intro/


The Department for Work and Pensions is here to promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services. We help people to achieve their potential through employment, so that they are able to provide for their children and to work and save for secure retirement.
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