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Action on Pre-eclampsia (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity aiming to raise public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia, improve care, and ease or prevent physical and emotional suffering caused by the disease

Helpline: 0208 427 4217

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) (opens in a new tab)

National charity providing non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process

Helpline: 0845 077 2290 (or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile phone)

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:30

Association for Postnatal Illness (opens in a new tab)

National charity providing support to mothers suffering from postnatal illness

Tel: 0207 386 0868

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 14:00

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (opens in a new tab)

Charity run by mothers experienced in breastfeeding counselling

Helpline: 0300 330 5453

09:30 - 22:30 every day

Baby Café (opens in a new tab)

The Baby Café charity coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centres and other services to support breastfeeding mothers across the UK

Best Beginnings (opens in a new tab)

National charity dedicated to ending child health inequalities in the UK

Tel: 020 7443 7895

Birthmark Support Group (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity set up by parents of children with vascular birthmarks, providing support and information for anyone with a birthmark

Bliss (opens in a new tab)

Premature baby charity

Helpline: 0500 618140

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 21:00

Breastfeeding Network (opens in a new tab)

UK organisation aiming to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women

Supporter line: 0300 100 0210

(Bengali/Sylheti: 0300 456 2421 ~ Tamil/Telegu & Hindi: 0300 330 5469)

09:30 - 21:30 every day

Cambridge Twins Club (opens in a new tab)

Informal group, supporting parents and parents-to-be of multiples in Cambridge and the surrounding area.

Cambridgeshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (opens in a new tab)

Drug service Tel: 0300 555 0101

Alcohol service Tel: 01223 723069

CAMQUIT (opens in a new tab) (HealthyYou)

Cambridgeshire’s Stop Smoking Service

Tel: 0800 018 4304

Child Benefit (opens in a new tab)

Make sure you and your family get what you're entitled to

Tel: 0300 200 3103

Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00 (Saturday 08:00 - 16:00)

Child Maintenance (opens in a new tab)

Arranging child maintenance through the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service

Tel: 0845 609 0092

Monday - Friday 08:00 - 20:00 (Saturday 09:00 - 17:00)

CLAPA: The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (opens in a new tab)

Voluntary organisation specifically helping those with, and affected by, cleft lip and palate

Count the Kicks (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity set up to educate mums on the importance of a baby’s movements, aiming to empower mums-to-be with knowledge and confidence throughout their pregnancy

Cruse Bereavement Care (opens in a new tab)

National charity supporting bereaved people after the death of someone close

Helpline: 0844 477 9400

Cry-sis (opens in a new tab)

National charity offering support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies

Helpline: 08451 228 669

09:00 - 22:00 every day (opens in a new tab)

Website originally founded as DadTalk by the Family Matters Institute, with funding from the Department of Education, and merged into Offers online support specially for dads.

Department of Health (opens in a new tab)

A ministerial department of the government supported by 23 agencies and public bodies

Diabetes UK (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity offering support and information for people with diabetes, including advice on preconception and pregnancy care

Careline: 0345 123 2399

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:00

Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood (opens in a new tab)

National information charity on disability and parenthood

Helpline: 0800 018 4730

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 - 14:30

Doula UK (opens in a new tab)

Doulas support women and their families during pregnancy and childbirth, with practical and emotional but non medical support. You may be eligible for doula support for free through the Doula UK Access Fund.

Down's Syndrome Association (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity providing information and support for anyone affected by Down's syndrome

Helpline: 0333 1212 300

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust (opens in a new tab)

The charity for early pregnancy complications

Helpline: 020 7733 2653

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Erb's Palsy Group (opens in a new tab)

UK charity offering advice, information and support to families affected by Erb's palsy (brachial plexus paralysis) caused by birth trauma

Family Lives (opens in a new tab)

National charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life (formerly Parentline Plus)

Helpline: 0808 800 2222

07:00 - 00:00 every day

Family Planning Association (opens in a new tab)

Sexual health charity, helping people make informed choices about sex, relationships and reproduction

Helpline: 0845 122 8690

Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 15:00 and Friday 09:00 - 12:00

FAS Aware UK (opens in a new tab)

Charity raising awareness of the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Gingerbread (opens in a new tab)

National charity providing advice and support for single parents

Helpline: 0808 802 0925

Go Real (opens in a new tab)

The Real Nappy information service

Tel: 0845 850 0606

Group B Strep Support (opens in a new tab)

UK charity offering information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus

Tel: 01444 416 176

Monday - Friday 09:15 - 15:00

Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Instructors (opens in a new tab)

Association providing assistance for pregnant women and new mothers to help find a qualified pregnancy and postnatal instructor in their area

Healthy Start (opens in a new tab)

A government scheme that provides free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, infant formula, and vitamins to certain pregnant women and children on benefits

Tel: 0845 607 6823

Home-Start (opens in a new tab)

Voluntary organisation offering support to families who have at least one child under five when family life becomes difficult

Tel: 0800 068 63 68

Home-Start Cambridgeshire (opens in a new tab)

A voluntary organisation offering support to families who have at least one child under five when family life becomes difficult.  The service supports families, through weekly volunteer home visits, to deal with diverse concerns such as parental mental health issues, isolation, postnatal illness, disability, bereavement, multiple births and parenting skills.

Tel: 01480 700242

Baby Sleep Information Source (opens in a new tab)

Information for parents who wish to make informed choices about infant sleep and night-time care.

Infertility Network UK (opens in a new tab)

National charity, dedicated to the support of everyone affected by infertility

Helpline: 0800 008 7464

La Leche League (opens in a new tab)

International charitable organisation founded to give information and encouragement through mother-to-mother support, to all women who want to breastfeed their babies.

Breastfeeding Helpline: 0845 120 2918

La Leche League Cambridge (opens in a new tab)

LLL Cambridge hosts groups, coffee mornings and toddler meetings throughout the month and throughout the area

Email LLL Cambridge

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (opens in a new tab)

The association for those with the qualification of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), specialising in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and lactation issues.

Lullaby Trust (opens in a new tab)

Specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death

Bereavement support: 0808 802 6868

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00 ~ Weekends and public holidays 18:00 - 22:00

Information and advice: 0808 802 6869

Maternity Action (opens in a new tab)

UK charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children

Advice line: 0845 600 8533

Wednesdays, Thursdays 15:00 - 19:00 and Fridays 10:00 - 14:00

Miscarriage Association (opens in a new tab)

Information and support if you have been affected by miscarriage

Helpline: 01924 200 799

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Molar Pregnancy Support (opens in a new tab)

Online community and support network for those who have suffered a molar pregnancy

Mothers for Mothers (opens in a new tab)

Postnatal depression support group

Helpline: 0117 975 6006

Monday - Thursday 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 21:00

Mummy's Star (opens in a new tab)

UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy and beyond

National Association of Family Information Services (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity that supports, links and promotes Family Information Services (FIS) in Great Britain

National Breastfeeding Helpline (opens in a new tab)

Department of Health funded helpline, in association with the Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

Helpline: 0300 100 0212

09:30 – 21:30 every day

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) (opens in a new tab)

The UK's largest charity for parents, offering information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood

Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 330 0771 08:00 – 00:00 every day

Pregnancy & birth helpline: 0300 330 0772

Postnatal helpline: 0300 330 0773

Shared experiences helpline: 0300 330 0774

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (opens in a new tab)

A non-departmental public body of the Department of Health in the UK, providing national guidance and advice to improve health and social care

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity dedicated to supporting people affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and their families and communities; promoting education for professionals and public awareness about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

Helpline: 020 8458 5951

NHS Choices (opens in a new tab)

Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.

NHS Digital (opens in a new tab)

Organisation providing a range of digital, health and advice services which support patients and the NHS

Tel: 111

24 hours a day, every day

PANDAS (Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support) (opens in a new tab)

UK charity supporting families suffering from pre (antenatal) and postnatal illnesses

Helpline: 0843 28 98 401

09:00 - 20:00 every day

Pelvic Pain Support Network (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity providing support, information and advocacy for those with pelvic pain, their families and carers

Pelvic Partnership (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity providing support and information about Pelvic Girdle Pain

Petals (opens in a new tab)

Registered Cambridgeshire charity providing specialised counselling for trauma or loss during pregnancy and birth

Tel: 0300 688 0068

Pregnancy Sickness Support (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity working to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and the severe form of the condition; hyperemesis gravidarum

Tel: 024 7638 2020

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (opens in a new tab)

The RCOG is committed to improving women’s health care, helping you, your family and other people involved in your care understand your health and wellbeing

Tel: 020 7772 6200

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Sands: Stillborn and neonatal death charity (opens in a new tab)

Charity supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives

Helpline: 020 7436 5881

Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays 18:00 - 22:00

Shine: Spina bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity helping families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus

Tel: 01733 555988

Tommy's (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity funding research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and providing information for parents-to-be

Pregnancy Line: 0800 0147 800

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Twins and Multiple Birth Association (Tamba) (opens in a new tab)

Charity set up by parents of twins, triplets and higher multiples and interested professionals, directly helping meet the unique challenges that multiple birth families face

Helpline: 0800 138 0509

10:00 - 13:00 and 19:00 - 22:00 every day

TwinsTrust (opens in a new tab)

Information, advice and support for parents of twins

UK National Screening Committee (NSC) (opens in a new tab)

Screening is a way of finding people at risk of a health problem before they get symptoms. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment or make informed decisions about their health. The NSC advise Ministers and the NHS on screening in the UK

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (opens in a new tab)

Global programme set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, providing a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies

United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (opens in a new tab)

Registered charity that supports human milk banking in the UK

Wellbeing of Women (opens in a new tab)

Charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK

Tel: 020 3697 7000

Words for Life (opens in a new tab)

Supported by the National Literacy Trust providing information, support and activities on language development and communication skills from birth

Working Families (opens in a new tab)

UK's leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents, carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work, including detailed information about rights at work for pregnant women and rights to maternity leave and pay

Helpline: 0300 012 0312