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Resources

Motherhood can be a rollercoaster of emotions. It doesn't have to be a lonely ride. Below you will find a list of wonderful support services which you can contact if you need additional help or support.

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

If you feel that you are in crisis and you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:

If you need urgent support but don't want to go to A&E, you could:

PANDAs Foundation

The PANDAS Foundation there to help, support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.

Five X More

https://www.fivexmore.com/6steps

Black Women are five times more likely to die and we need to know why. According to the MBRRACE UK (2018) report (a report that looks into maternal deaths), Black women in the U.K. have a five times higher risk of dying in pregnancy in comparison to a white woman. 

Their 6 steps support process is in place to give you the tools to speak up and advocate for yourself.

Birth Trauma Association

BTA is a charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma – a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth. About 30,000 women a year, according to the most recent research, experience birth trauma in the UK. Instead of being joyful and happy, the experience of giving birth has been frightening.

Association for Post Natal Illness

Postnatally depressed women may feel unable to go out of their house, and meeting people may cause them a great deal of stress, therefore contact made on the phone or by e-mail can be ideal. Women often find that talking, or writing to someone, who has had the illness and recovered, allows them to discuss the most distressing symptoms of the illness. The phone and e-mail volunteers also give women hope that they will eventually recover.

Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Tommy's

Through clinics, research centres, pregnancy information service and support line run by the team of Tommy's midwives, they are here to support parents and families who lose a baby, experience premature birth and to help everyone have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

NCT

The NCT vision is of a world in which no parent is isolated and all parents are supported to build a stronger society.
Their mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Cry-Sis

In 1981 a small group of parents, who were experiencing problems with their crying and sleepless babies, set up a support group. They discovered how important support is and how reassuring it can be to talk to someone. Today that support group has become Cry-sis, the only UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. From modest beginnings Cry-sis has become a well-respected national charity.

The Breastfeeding Network

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/breastfeeding-support/

Getting help with breastfeeding, at the time you need it, is really important.
Please don’t be afraid to ask for help. BfN Registered Volunteers want to help you with breastfeeding. It is why they have done training and offer their time.