The following is a list of UK organisations that provide free comprehensive information, advice and support to new mums, 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 telephone helpline is open from 10am-2pm Mon to Fri. They also offer online, email and postal support.
Go to Association for Post Natal Illness
Family Lives: Family Lives provide information, help and support to new mums and families, with any problem or challenge, however big or small it might seem. They run a 24hr confidential telephone helpline phone and can be contacted about any family issue.
Go to Family Lives
Home-Start: Home-Start is a family support charity with volunteers who help families with babies and young children deal with any challenges they mightface. Their volunteers can visit families in their own homes and provide any necessary free ongoing practical and emotional support.
Go to Home-Start
National Breastfeeding Helpline: Give support, advice and peer support to breastfeeding mothers. Their 24hr confidential breastfeeding telephone helpline is open every day from 9:30am-9:30pm. All the volunteers answering calls are mums who have breastfed, and all have received extensive training in breastfeeding support. They also provide online live chat advice and support.
Go to National Breastfeeding Helpline
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
Tommy's: Tommy's provides online information and advice about premature babies. They run a free mobile app for parents of premature babies. Their free telephone helpline is open from 9am-5pm Mon to Fri.
Go to Tommy's