There are many different types of childbirth and pain relief options available. It is a good idea to research the many different options to gain an insight into all of them and to be prepared in case of unexpected medical complications.

The following videos by Midwives are a must view for all expectant parents.

TOP TIP: If you have any worries before, during or after childbirth, do not delay seeking reassurance or medical advice from your Midwife, Health Visitor or GP.

To learn more about childbirth go to NHS Choices.

The following is a list of UK organisations that provide free comprehensive information, advice and support to parents, pregnant women, their partners and families.

Association for Post Natal Illness: The APNI run a helpline for anyone who needs support and advice about postnatal illness. Their helpline is answered by women who have themselves in the past suffered from postnatal illness but are now fully recovered. Their confidential phone helpline is open from 10am-2pm Mon to Fri. They also offer online, email and postal support.
Go to Association for Post Natal Illness

Pregnancy Sickness Support: Providing support to women suffering from Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) and the severe form of the condition; Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). They have a telephone helpline for anyone suffering with information about treatment and coping strategies.
Go to Pregnancy Sickness Support

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust: For support, advice and awareness about ectopic pregnancies, including detailed information about what are the possible symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy and what women should do to seek urgent medical help.
Go to Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

MAMA Academy: Supporting mums and midwives to help babies arrive safely, including providing information, such as an extensive list of symptoms in pregnancy that should not be ignored and which should be reported to your maternity unit straight away and not the next day.
Go to MAMA Academy

Maternity Action: Giving free information and advice about the employment rights of pregnant women and parents, including the rights of women in the workplace not to be discriminated against or treated unfairly because of pregnancy or maternity. They also have a confidential telephone helpline which provides support and advice.
Go to Maternity Action

Miscarriage Association: Providing support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. Their pregnancy loss telephone helpline is available to provide support and information on pregnancy loss.
Go to Miscarriage Association

Money Advice Service: Set up by the Government, the Money Advice Service provide free and impartial information about the many benefits and entitlements pregnant women and parents can claim, whether in employment, unemployed or on a low income.
Go to Money Advice Service

Mummy's Star: Supporting women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months after giving birth. Mummy's Star provides comprehensive information about cancer in pregnancy and helps women and their families get the support they need, access services that are available and, most importantly, for them to know that they are not alone when they are going through this.
Go to Mummy's Star

PANDAS Foundation UK: The PANDAS Foundation help to support and advise any parent who may be experiencing a perinatal illness, including Prenatal or Antenatal Depression; Postnatal Depression; Pre/Postnatal Anxiety; Postnatal Psychosis; Postnatal PTSD or Birth Trauma; Pre/Postnatal OCD. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering from a perinatal illness. They also run a telephone helpline which is open from 9am-8pm every day.
Go to PANDAS Foundation UK

Petals Charity: Petals (aka Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society) provides specialised counselling to anyone affected by still birth; neonatal death; trauma or depression following childbirth; diagnosis of fetal anomalies; antenatal anxiety or depression; miscarriage; IVF anxiety; or fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
Go to Petals Charity

Tommy's: Tommy's provides midwife-led online information and advice and support to pregnant women and parents to be. They run a free pregnancy telephone helpline which is open from 9am-5pm Mon to Fri, as well as email support.
Go to Tommy's

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