Best Beginnings is committed to supporting pregnant families and new parents across the UK 24/7, to help you look after your mental and physical health and to help you maximise your child's development. We created our free NHS approved Baby Buddy app to support you on your journey to parenthood through pregnancy until your baby is six months old.

We are passionate about the power of collaboration, so we work with many other charities to support you to give your children the best start in life.

On this page is information about many national and local charities offering remote support during COVID-19. Please share this page so more parents can benefit from 24/7 support.

For the latest Questions and Answers for pregnant women and new parents during COVID-19, click HERE. This information is being regularly updated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. For other information and guidance click HERE.

National Support

Charities offering pregnancy and birth related support and information

  • AIMS
    AIMS supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all. The AIMS Helpline volunteers are all experienced in providing information and support on pregnancy and birth issues. They do not give medical advice, but instead we focus on helping those who contact the Helpline to find the information that they need to make informed decisions which are right for them, and support them to have their decision respected by their health care providers. They are also able to provide a listening ear and practical support for women who are unhappy with their experiences. Helpline: +44 (0) 300 365 0663
    This phone number will connect you to an AIMS volunteer when possible, otherwise please leave us a message, or email us, and someone will get back to you.
    Email: [email protected]
    This email will go to a group of AIMS volunteers and someone will respond as soon as possible.

  • Antenatal Results and Choices
    Support and information for parents through antenatal testing and its consequences. 
    Helpline: 07875480076

    Helpline operates 10am-5pm Monday to Friday. 
    ARC will respond to emails within 48 hours

    Email: [email protected]
  • Birth Companions
    Birth Companions offer practical and emotional support to women before, during and after their baby's birth in prisons across England and in the community in London.
  • Birth Rights
    Birth Rights provide advice and information to women, train doctors and midwives, and campaign for respectful and safe maternity care that protects women's fundamental rights.
  • Birth Trauma Association
    A charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma - a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.
  • Best Beginnings - A Heads Together Charity Partner
    Our free NHS approved Baby Buddy app provides you with 24/7 support, including empowering and informing daily information, access to more than 300 films and other interactive features. Download Baby Buddy HERE. Via the 'Get Help' button within the app you can link through to the charities on this page and also through to the Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger. It's a free confidential text support service for pregnant families and new parents in emotional pain or crisis. It is available 24/7 every day of the year, and is run by SHOUT and their trained crisis volunteers. You can also access the Crisis Messenger HERE or by texting BABYBUDDY to 85258. Read the latest COVID-19 information and guidance HERE.
      • Kicks Count
        Kicks Count provides a pregnancy information guide for expectant parents focussing on baby movement monitoring and a range of support options.  
      • MAMA Academy
        MAMA Academy is helping to prevent stillbirth in the UK by empowering maternity professionals and informing expectant parents about stillbirth prevention methods to help more babies arrive safely. 
      • NCT
        Support for pregnancy, birth and feeding your baby. NCT provide live, online antenatal courses (discounts available) - find out more HERE, local online support groups and activities for parents through their volunteer branch network, and reliable, up-to-date information for pregnant women and parents on their website. NCT also have a free Infant Feeding Support line which is open everyday (8am to midnight) - call 0300 330 0700. 

      Charities supporting parents with twins, triplets and more, and with premature and sick babies  

      • Bliss
        Bliss offer emotional and practical support to empower families and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care to their baby, for however long they live and for however long their stay in neonatal care. COVID information provided by Bliss click HERE
        Email support: [email protected] - stated aim to respond within 3-5 working days, but faster at present
        Virtual support - email [email protected] for more information and to schedule an appointment
        For online support on the Bliss website click HERE 
        To find Bliss on Facebook click HERE
        For joint Bliss and Netmums online support click HERE 
      • Multiple Births Foundation
        The Multiple Births Foundation was founded in 1988 and has become a national and international authority on multiple births. They are the only charity internationally which employs healthcare professionals dedicated to supporting multiple birth families and educating and advising professionals about their special needs. Tel: 020 3313 3519/0208 383 3519
        Email: [email protected] 
      • Tiny Life
        Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity that provides a range of support services. Find out more on their website.
        • Twins Trust
          Supporting families of twins, triplets and more with advice and information.
          Telephone Helpline: 0800 138 0509 - Twinline is open Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm and from 7pm to 10pm
          Translation service: 01252 332344 and request a translator
          Email: [email protected]
          Family Crisis Support service quick application for Facetime/Skype support for new mums (in hospital or at home) HERE
          Breastfeeding peer support for twins HERE 
          Bereavement Support from the Twins Trust HERE
          Pregnancy Webinars from the Twins Trust HERE
          Breastfeeding Webinar from the Twins Trust HERE
          Resources & Groups from the Twins Trust HERE

          Charities offering support for your mental health during pregnancy and after your baby is born

          • Action of Postpartum Psychosis
            National charity providing support and information for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.
            For one-to-one peer support via email or video message email: [email protected] or click HERE                                      To join the peer support forum visit HERE
            (The email and forum are checked several times daily)
            For Postpartum Psychosis and Covid-19 information, click HERE. Find them on Twitter: @ActionOnPP Facebook  Instagram and YouTube. For Postpartum Psychosis and Covid-19 information click HERE
          • Association of Postnatal Illness
            The Association provides a telephone helpline, information leaflets for sufferers and healthcare professionals as well as a network of volunteers (telephone and postal) who have experience postnatal illness themselves.
          • Best Beginnings in collaboration with SHOUT
            The Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger is a free confidential text support service for pregnant families and new parents in emotional pain or crisis. It is available 24/7 every day of the year, and is run by SHOUT and their trained crisis volunteers.
            You can access the Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger via:
            * the 'Get Help' button within the NHS approved Baby Buddy app  
            * the Best Beginnings website HERE 
            * by texting BABYBUDDY to 85258
          • Birth Trauma Association
            A charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma - a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.
          • Bluebell Care Trust
            Supporting families through depression and anxiety related to pregnancy and birth, Bluebell is a charity providing innovative services to help families manage their emotional well-being during pregnancy and after birth.
            If you would welcome some online or phone support please email the charity on [email protected] and they will do everything we can to continue to help you. You can also visit their Facebook page for regular updates HERE
          • Maternal Mental Health Alliance
            The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a charity and coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth. This link is to their dedicated COVID-19 page, but their website signposts to other important information and services.
          • PANDAS
            Pre- and post-natal depression advice and support. Free helpline 0808 1961 776.
            Available on all landlines. Monday – Sunday 9am- 8pm. The helpline is managed by a team of trained volunteers who will be happy to chat to you and direct you to the right support. 
            PANDAS Email Support: [email protected] available 365 days a year. They will respond within 72 hours.
            Please get in touch if you’d like any more information regarding perinatal mental illness or are looking for support for yourself or your partner, friend or colleague. 
            PANDAS Foundation Facebook Page PANDAS Social Media team are online seven days a week, keeping you inspired, motivated and informed with current news and reports on perinatal mental health. 
            PANDAS Dads Facebook Page Developed to support partners and carers affected by perinatal mental illness, our PANDAS Dads volunteers are on hand to offer support and information seven days a week. PANDAS Support Groups
            PANDAS Support Groups offer a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other parents affected by perinatal mental illness.
            The team of PANDAS Support Group Leaders are on hand to provide information about local activities and services, whilst also offering support and advice. To find your local group call or email.

          Charities offering support with pregnancy related physical health conditions

          • Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)
            APEC runs a confidential telephone service open to anyone seeking information or support.
            The helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 8.30am – 4.00pm.
            To speak to a member of their team call them on 
            01386 761 848.
            If you are pregnant and worried or feel unwell please contact your GP or midwife immediately. 
          • Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
            Support and information for women affected by an ectopic pregnancy
            Flexible call-back telephone helpline service: 020 7733 2653
            Email helpline: [email protected]
            Skype chat:To request an individual Skype session, please email [email protected].
            Discussion Forums HERE
            FAQs from the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust on coronavirus HERE
          • Group B Strep Support
            Helplines by phone, email and social media

            Tel: 0330 120 0796
            Email: [email protected]
            Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
            On the charity's website is information for new or expectant parents about Group B Strep during pregnancy, labour and the first few months after birth, with links to where you can find out more.
              For coronavirus information from Group B Strep Support click HERE
            • ICP Support
              UK research-based charity offering information and support to women affected by intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.
              UK Telephone Support Line 07939 871929 for text advice as well
              Information support: https://www.icpsupport.org/download.shtml
              Email support: [email protected]
            • Pregnancy Sickness Support
              Pregnancy Sickness Support is a UK charity working to improve care, treatment and support for people suffering with Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) and the severe form of the condition - Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).
            • The Pelvic Partnership
              Aims to provide support and information about pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) to women experiencing it, their families and carers. We aim to raise general awareness that PGP is a biomechanical joint problem which can be effectively treated with manual therapy. We aim to inform healthcare professionals about PGP and promote best practice for its treatment.
              Volunteer helpline is 01235 820921.
              We also have closed Facebook groups, one is a support group for women experiencing PGP and the second is for healthcare practitioners who provide care, support and/or treatment to women experiencing PGP.

            Charities offering support with breastfeeding, infant-feeding and nutrition

              • La Leche League GB
                LLGB is a breastfeeding support charity run by volunteer breastfeeding counsellors providing support and information for all stages, from pregnancy through to weaning. Provide support via telephone, email, their website and local groups.
                Phone the La Leche League GB helpline (0345 120 2918) or a local Leader as listed on the website HERE.
                LLLGB Helpline is open from 8am to 11pm, 365 days a year. Call back service available. Email support available via help forms, webchat and local groups providing increased telephone and online support.
              • Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB)
                Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB) is the registered charity for International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). IBCLCs are trained to provide practical and emotional support through expert clinical management of common and complex breastfeeding issues. The majority of IBCLCs in the UK work in the health services, but many also work in the voluntary or independent sectors. Many IBCLCs are now offering remote breastfeeding support and education. You can find an IBCLC service near you HERE.
                Email: [email protected]
              • The Breastfeeding Network (BFN)
                The BFN has 20+ years of providing breastfeeding peer support. A network of over 1000 volunteers trained across the UK. Experience of providing commissioned support in a variety of settings using targeted and universal approaches with a mix of trained staff and volunteers.
              • The National Breastfeeding Helpline (NBH)
                Evidence based, independent, non-judgemental breastfeeding information, reassurance and support to anyone who needs it. All calls are answered by trained volunteers, supported and supervised by the Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. Support available on the same number in Welsh and Polish. Open 9.30am - 9.30pm every day of the year.
                Tel: 0300 100 0212 
                Live web chat service 

              Charities supporting families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and child bereavement

              • Child Bereavement UK
                The charity supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies and when a child is facing bereavement.
                National helpline 0800 02 888 40 for families and for the professionals who care for them
                (Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm).
                Email support and guidance at [email protected] with response usually within 24 hours. Livechat via the charity's website Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
              • Miscarriage Association
                The Miscarriage Association is here to provide support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. Telephone Helpline: 01924 200799, Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm
                Online support: https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/how-we-help/online-support/
                Live chat: Monday to Friday, 10.00 to 15.00
                Email support: [email protected]
                Information and resources can be found on their website.
              • Sands
                Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity: provide bereavement support (for parents, families, and healthcare professionals - including helpline, online forum, Facebook and app). Work to ensure excellent bereavement care, and to reduce the number of babies dying.
                Telephone Helpline: 0808 164 3332
                Email helpline: [email protected]

                https://www.sands.org.uk/support-you/how-we-offer-support/helpline
                Opening hours: Mon to Friday – 9.30am to 5.30pm
                Tues to Thurs – open from 9.30am to 9.30pm
                Out of hours answerphone with response within 48 hours
                Online Community: https://sands.community/login
                Safe space to connect and share feelings/experiences 24 hours a day
                Sands Bereavement Support App: available on Google Play and App Store
                Facebook closed support group HERE
                Grief chat – online immediate counselling accessed via the Sands website HERE
              • SiMBA
                SiMBA offers virtual support groups to bereaved parents across the UK and Ireland. We are soon to be adding in more regular support groups for pregnancy again, early pregnancy loss and several other groups where people can reach out for support. SiMBA also donates our Memory Boxes to over 300 maternity and neonatal units across the UK.
                Telephone: 0131 353 0055 
                Email: [email protected] 

              • The Lullaby Trust
                The Lullaby Trust offers safer sleep advice, bereavement support and works with health visitors to deliver the Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, an intensive health visiting programme for families having another baby after a sudden infant death.
                Bereavement support: 0808 802 6868 [email protected]
                Information & advice: 0808 802 6869 [email protected]
                The helplines are open 10am-5pm from Monday to Friday and the bereavement support helpline is also open 6pm-10pm on weekends and public holidays.
                For information from The Lullaby Trust about COVID19 click HERE
              • The Child Death Helpline
                The Child Death Helpline offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. Their confidential helpline is open every day of the year. Call 0800 282 968 or 0808 800 6019 if calling from a mobile.  
              • The Compassionate Friends
                TCF offers many different kinds of support for bereaved families. Whatever the cause of your loss, wherever you are in the UK, and whatever your circumstances – they are here to help. Their confidential helplines are open every day of the year. UK - call 0345 123 2304. Northern Ireland - call 0288 77 88 016. Access their online support forum HERE. 
              • Winston's Wish
                Winston's Wish provides services to bereaved children, young people and their families and offer practical support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child. Call their helpline on 08088 020 021, or email their support service HERE.  

              Charities offering support for parents and families

              • Approachable Parenting
                Virtual psychological parenting programmes for BAME communities from Pregnancy to 3 years. Providing breastfeeding, befriending and mentoring support to BAME parents.
                General information: [email protected]
                Referrals for parental and breastfeeding support: [email protected]
                0121 773 8643 (leave messages only) 07597 833772 (WhatsApp support, calls and messages)
              • Best Beginnings - A Heads Together Charity Partner
                Our free NHS approved Baby Buddy app provides you with 24/7 support, including empowering and informing daily information, access to more than 300 films and other interactive features. Download Baby Buddy HERE. Via the 'Get Help' button within the app you can link through to the charities on this page and also through to the Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger. It's a free confidential text support service for pregnant families and new parents in emotional pain or crisis. It is available 24/7 every day of the year, and is run by SHOUT and their trained crisis volunteers. You can also access the Crisis Messenger HERE or by texting BABYBUDDY to 85258. Read the latest COVID-19 information and guidance HERE.
              • Baby Sleep Information Source (BASIS)
                Evidence-based information about 'biologically normal' infant sleep for parents and practitioners from the Infancy & Sleep Centre at Durham University.
                Email: [email protected] (checked weekdays). Also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
              • CRY-SIS
                For parents of babies who cry a lot
                08451 228 669
                7 days a week 9am-10pm
                2p per minute plus normal network charges 
              • Doula UK
                Doula UK is the membership association of c. 700 birth and postnatal doulas in the UK, Republic of Ireland, and Channel Islands. They provide support for women in the childbearing year.
              • Family Links - The Centre for Emotional Health
                National charity dedicated to empowering families and schools to be emotionally healthy. We provide training and resources for families, schools and professionals working with parents and children.
              • HENRY
                National charity supporting thousands of families to transform family life for the better in all sorts of ways - including improved nutrition, emotional well-being, parenting skills, breastfeeding, and getting more active through family programmes and workshops etc, groups and 1-to-1. See their website for more information.
              • Home Start
                Home Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert supports helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most. Home Start works with families in communities right across the UK. See their website to find your local Home Start and for more information.
              • Multiple Births Foundation
                The Multiple Births Foundation was founded in 1988 and has become a national and international authority on multiple births. They are the only charity internationally which employs healthcare professionals dedicated to supporting multiple birth families and educating and advising professionals about their special needs.                                                                  Tel: 020 3313 3519/0208 383 3519
                Email: [email protected] 
              • NCT
                Support for pregnancy, birth and feeding your baby. NCT provide live, online antenatal courses (discounts available) - find out more HERE, local online support groups and activities for parents through their volunteer branch network, and reliable, up-to-date information for pregnant women and parents on their website. NCT also have a free Infant Feeding Support line which is open everyday (8am to midnight) - call 0300 330 0700. 
              • OnePlusOne
                We provide a digital relationship self-help support service for parents, together and separated. Content and interventions designed to help parents manage the stressors in their relationships, particularly at a time like transition to parenthood and argue better. All evidence based. 
              • Relate
                Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support. Last year they helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Find out more about what they do and how they can help via their website.

              • Dad Info
                Dad Info gives advice for parents from a dad’s perspective, including articles and ‘dad guides’ on pregnancy, birth and financial issues.
              • Netmums (Not a charity)
                Netmums offers a unique Parent Supporter Service (PSS), which provides free one-to-one support for thousands of the UK's most vulnerable parents via a specially trained team of Parent Supports, including Health Visitors and staff from Women's Aid. The PPS extended its user support offering in 2017, by launching Netmums Daily Drop-In Clinic that operates every weeknight in the Netmums forum. 
              • Happy Steps
                Happy Steps provides research and resources for those parenting within stepfamilies. Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support. 

              Charities offering support to families with children with health conditions and/or disabilities

              • Contact
                For families with a disabled child
                For information about their helpline and other services click HERE
                Their helpline is for parents and carers in any part of the UK with a disabled child aged from birth to 25. Your child can have any kind of disability or additional need, and you do not need to have a diagnosis.
                Helpline number: 0808 808 3555

              • Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International
                Support for disabled people considering, during, and after pregnancy and as parents
                Freephone: 0800 018 4730, Mon-Thurs, 10:30am-3pm
                Email (Information Service): [email protected] 

              Charities supporting people experiencing domestic abuse

              • Refuge
                24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: run in partnership with Women's Aid 
                Tel: 0808 2000 247
              • Scottish Women's Aid
                For women experiencing domestic abuse. 24 hour fee Scottish National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline.
                Tel: 0800 027 1234
              • Women's Aid
                For women experiencing domestic abuse 24-hour
                National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: run in partnership with Refuge  
                Tel: 0808 2000 247

              Charities and organisations offering advice and information

              • Institute of Health Visiting
                The Institute of Health Visiting is a charity, an academic body and a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice. It promotes excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities with the aim of reducing health inequalities.
              • NHS Direct
                24 hour advice
                Tel: 111 (in England and Scotland); 0845 4647 (in Wales), or look up the local number in Northern Ireland at nidirect.gov.uk
              • Maternity Action
                Maternity rights at work, benefits, tax credits and healthcare
                Maternity rights advice line: 0808 802 0029
              • National Maternity Voices
                National Maternity Voices is the national group of Maternity Voices Partnerships in England. A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a NHS working group: a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.
              • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
                The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve health care for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s health care worldwide. Find the latest information about Coronavirus and pregnancy HERE.
              • NSPCC
                Helpline - advice and support for parents, professionals and families with a concern about a child 0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/get-advice-and-support/
                Look, Say, Sing, Play - fun and easy tips to help support your infant’s development HERE.
                Pregnancy in Mind - a service to support parents with mild-moderate mental health conditions, accepting new referrals and being offered digitally HERE. Baby Steps – a psycho-educative programme for new parents who need additional help preparing for parenthood, accepting new referrals and being offered digitally HERE.

              Other charities that offer mental health support

              • Anna Freud Centre - A Heads Together Charity Partner
                The aim of the Anna Freud Centre is to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment. We believe that every child and their family should be at the heart of the care they receive, working in partnership with professionals.
                Watch and read their online support for parents during COVID19 HERE.

              • CALM - A Heads Together Charity Partner
                The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. Join the campaign to take a stand against suicide. Visit their website for WEBCHAT support or call their helpline 5pm-midnight every day of the year on 0800 58 58 58. 
              • MIND - A Heads Together Charity Partner 
                Mental health advice and support.
                Helpline: 0300 123 3393 9am -6pm Monday to Friday or TEXT 86463
              • The Mix - A Heads Together Charity Partner
                The Mix provides excellent support for people under 25 across the UK via their website, including information, Discussion Boards and Group Chat.
                They also offer free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help.
                Tel: 0808 808 4994, 4pm - 11pm every day 
                Text: THE Mix to 80849
              • Young Minds - A Heads Together Charity Partner
                A national charity leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. If you are a parent of an older child and you need help, please contact their helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines) For other ways to get in touch, click HERE.
                • Shout
                  Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.
                  Text SHOUT to 85258 
                • Samaritans
                  Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call their helpline free on 116 123, or email [email protected] (response time 24 hours)


                Regional Support

                • By Your Side (Coventry and Warwickshire)
                  A service user forum working with Coventry and Warwickshire Perinatal Mental Health Team helping to support families with emotional difficulties during pregnancy or in the year following the birth of their child. The team have lived experience, and aim to support families through peer support services as well as breaking down the stigma and barriers that prevent people seeking the help and support they need. During lockdown, By Your Side are running online coffee morning via Zoom.
                • Acacia Family Support (Birmingham)
                  Acacia Family Support is offering telephone befriending sessions and online support to parents struggling to cope with maternal mental health issues and the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 across Birmingham. You can refer to Acacia via their website acacia.org.uk or call 0121 301 5990.
                • Parents 1st (Essex)
                  Parents 1st Essex are providing valuable support to mums and dads-to-be across South Essex. The Covid-19 outbreak has changed the way support is offered but expectant parents can still access free, individual and group support on-line, by phone, Skype, Zoom and through social media. Given the current situation, pregnant women are much more prone to feeling lonely or worried. Our fantastic peer supporters can offer relief by being a friendly listening ear, lots of reassurance, and flexible ongoing support and information. Parents 1st offer: Free one-to-one telephone/video support throughout pregnancy and after the birth for parents living in the Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Thurrock and Castlepoint; Antenatal and postnatal exercise sessions HERE, Virtual information sessions with peer supporters HERE, and online workshops for expectant dads HERE. It's easy for professionals and expectant parents to self-refer - by telephone: 01268 525758, email [email protected] or by completing their simple and secure referral form HERE. You can also connect with Parents 1st Essex on Twitter and Facebook.
                • Cocoon Family Support (London)
                  London based charity which provides information, support and activities to families affected by perinatal mental health conditions and those having difficulties. Their aim is to ensure that all parents are supported to manage their emotional and mental well-being throughout pregnancy and the transition to parenthood and beyond.  
                  During lock-down, Cocoon are not running their face to face services. Instead, they are providing a full service of support online including their peer support groups and the introduction of a closed Facebook Group. Their online support calendar is HERE
                • Dorset Parent Infant Partnership (DorPIP) (Dorset)
                  Dorset Parent Infant Partnership are an attachment parenting service specialising in the infant-parent relationship. We support families with talking therapy to nurture a safe and secure relationship with their infants - helping to give children the best possible start in life. If you feel you need gentle, confidential support to talk about the challenges of being a parent, please look at DorPIP's website for more information. Click HERE
                • Happy Mums Foundation (Carlisle and North Cumbria)
                  Based in Carlisle and North Cumbria, Happy Mums Foundation was established in 2015 by Katherine Dalgliesh who had experienced maternal mental health problems herself in 2012, with the aim of developing the support available to others facing similar challenges. Our mission is to come together to provide hope and acceptance through shared experience of maternal mental health. A large part our work is in raising awareness, so that more women seek the help they deserve, and the stigma around mental health issues is reduced.
                  Due to COVID19 all their activity is temporarily shutdown.
                • Hey Mama (Yorkshire)
                  Based in Yorkshire, Hey Mama is an online and in person community run by a Mama. It is for all Mamas. However you became a Mama, however old your children are. That are having a hard time or experiencing mental health issues during pregnancy and after birth. It is a space for Mamas to support one another in a non judgemental and supportive space. Mama to Mama.
                • Juno PMHS Edinburgh
                  Juno was founded in 2015 by a group of mums in Edinburgh who all have personal experience of perinatal mental health difficulties. They support mums through weekly peer support groups and a monthly birth and perinatal trauma support group. They also offer one to one befriending through their outreach program and enable access to a subsidised counselling service with their groups with trained professionals.
                • Light (Pre and Postnatal Support) (South Yorkshire)
                  Works to support the emotional well-being and mental health of mums and their families in South Yorkshire and beyond during the perinatal period. Light offers various forms of peer support to families who self identify as struggling with their perinatal mental health. They also receive referrals from health care professionals and the specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service.
                  If people want to speak to someone about support, they can get in touch via these channels : Phone - 0114 438 8962 . Email [email protected] . Website - www.lightpeersupport.org.uk . Facebook - facebook.com/lightsheffield - Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Light can no longer run face to face support groups. They are continuing to provide support over the phone, on email, via our online forum and over social media. 
                • Mothers for Mothers (Bristol, South Gloucestershire & North Somerset)
                  Providing information, support and signposting.
                  Helpline open 5 days a week 10am-9pm including weekly support calls. Currently not running face to face services. All women who had home visits and all women who attended our peer support groups are having regular telephone appointments/zoom calls with a member of our peer support team. We also have a zoom peer support group.
                  Daily social media presence and activities in our closed Facebook client group.
                  We are open for new referrals to access support please call our helpline on 0117 935 9366 or email: [email protected] and we will help you to find the right support for you.
                  Clients can join their online community a closed support group on Facebook.
                • MumsAid (Greenwich)
                  Based in Greenwich, MumsAid is an award-winning charity providing pregnant women and new mums with specialist counselling for emotional or mental health difficulties. MumsAid can offer video or telephone counselling to all UK mums/couples/pregnant women. We also run online singing and journalling groups, which enhance creativity, encourage mindfulness and self compassion.
                • Open House Nottingham
                  Open House Nottingham is a volunteer led organisation which provides two face-to-face peer support groups for women who are, or have experienced maternal mental health difficulties. 
                  Nottingham Central Group information available on Facebook HERE
                  Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Open House have suspended both of their drop-in groups. Their closed group is still accessible on Facebook.
                • Prosperitys (London)
                  Prosperitys is a maternal wellbeing social enterprise founded in 2018 designed to empower BAME pregnant women by offering practical and emotional support to reduce the risk of maternal mental illness and becoming socially isolated. Prosperitys offer birth companion support, antenatal appointment companions, birth prep wellbeing check ups at home, support during labour, feeding and attachment support. They will soon be announcing details of a weekly drop in social and on their website are encouraging people to contact them by phone or email for support. Because of COVID19, Prosperitys have started free virtual Birth Companion support for all expectant woman in Lambeth and Southwark but with a particular focus on supporting BAME pregnant women. Prosperitys will soon be providing virtual weekly group meet ups. If people want to speak to someone about support or joining the programme, get in touch via these channels:
                  Phone call or text 07539364117
                  Email [email protected]
                  Instagram - @_prosperitys
                • Raindrops to Rainbows 
                  Raindrops to Rainbows was founded by Steph Addison after she experienced postnatal depression. They are a North East Perinatal Mental Health organisation offering Peer Led Support for parents, and lived experience talks. Further details about their Peer Support Groups is coming soon to their website. 
                  Email: [email protected]
                • Smile Group (Cheshire East)
                  Smile Group was set up by two mums in Cheshire East, who saw a glaring gap in community support for families affected by perinatal mental health challenges. They run support groups in Macclesfield, Congleton and Sandbach, as well as a monthly family session where dads and older siblings are welcome. 
                  During Lock-down, Smile are offering call, text or email support during group hours for anyone in Cheshire East who engages with their face to face services. Any new mums referring themselves to the charity or being referred by a healthcare professional will just need to register with Smile via email [email protected] before they can provide assistance.
                  Email: [email protected]
                • Shine PND
                  Shine was founded in 2014 in Gloucestershire. Run by Lauraine Cheesman, who suffered terrible postnatal depression and anxiety after the birth of her daughter, the charity offers creative art therapy courses, peer support and weekly drop-in sessions for struggling mums. For more information click HERE.
                • Sunflower Family Support Group (Staffordshire)
                  Sunflower Family Support Group offers vital peer support to those affected by perinatal mental health. We also offer a range of activities and speakers to promote positive mental well-being. The group runs weekly in Stafford and is well attended by local families. They usually run 2 weekly peer support groups in Staffordshire but since lock-down have set up an online private Facebook group sharing information and support. Find out more HERE.