Here are some helpful links for support during the perinatal period:
Provides information about many aspects of pregnancy and parenting, including mental wellbeing, in the form of short video clips.
La Leche breastfeeding support
Friendly breastfeeding support from pregnancy onwards.
NHS weaning advice
Advice from the NHS/Start4life.
Bonding and attachment
Information from helpguide.org an independent not-for-profit organisation.
UNICEF baby friendly resources
Breast & bottle feeding, co-sleeping/sleep & night time, antenatal care, neonatal care, support for parents and relationship building resources.
Buckinghamshire Hospital Trust maternity page
A link to the maternity services page on the Trust website covering before, during and after the birth of your baby.
Birth Trauma Association
Support for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth, and their partners.
Other support groups
Buckinghamshire Maternity Voices
An organisation that is there to ensure that the views and opinions of women and birthing individuals are heard.
Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS)
Information leaflets for women and their partners about use of a medication in pregnancy.
Information and support on many aspects pregnancy and parenting, including local resources.
An organisation helping those with housing issues and homelessness.
The UK’s fatherhood think-tank, providing news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families.
Support and Information for women with Perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. A Twitter support group can be found at: #Bumpsandmumsocdhr.
Mental health support
Maternal Mental Health Alliance
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of over eighty UK organisations committed to better mental health and wellbeing for women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year, in order to improve long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers and children.
This link explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues, including possible causes, sources of treatment and support, and advice for friends and family.
Mind: Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health issues.
Antenatal and postnatal depression information and support for women and families. Support groups and helpline.
PND and Me
Website and online support group for sufferers of perinatal mental illness with links to information and a range of resources around this topic. Set up by a mum who had postnatal depression.
Royal College of Psychiatry
- Website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk
- Leaflets: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health
Tommy’s mental well-being in pregnancy
Loss of a baby
SANDS is a charity that supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth:
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Page last reviewed: 22 May, 2023