The organisations and information resources listed on this page are just some of the websites available providing support, services and information to help you and your family through your pregnancy and parenthood journey.
Local Organisations and NHS sites
- The Rosie Hospital
- Birth afterthoughts Confidential listening service available to any woman who has given birth to their baby, or is planning to give birth, in the Rosie. The service provides an opportunity to discuss and understand what happened during your previous labour and birth.
- Counselling support at the Rosie in partnership with Petals For support with all aspects of pregnancy, including loss, IVF and fear of pregnancy/birth.
- PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Your first port of call if you require specific advice or support, or wish to give feedback or make a complaint about any aspect of your care.
- Supervisors of midwives Information about how to contact a supervisor of midwives at the Rosie. Further information on midwifery supervision can be downloaded here.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) The organisation responsible for planning, organising and purchasing NHS funded healthcare for people living in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. It replaced NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough (the “PCTs”) on 1 April 2013. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHFT) which includes The Rosie Hospital is one of its biggest care providers.
- NHS Cord Blood Bank
- Cambridge IVF
- Cambridgeshire Doulas
- The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a national charity supporting parents through pregnancy and parenthood. The NCT provides accurate, impartial evidence-based information to enable parents to make informed choices about their care and family. The NCT campaigns for better services and is heavily involved in setting the research agenda. Information on local Cambridge antenatal classes can be found here. The local NCT branch also run postnatal groups and provide a range of other services for new and expectant parents, including nearly-new sales.
- Birthlight A friendly local charity and teacher-training organisation focusing on the holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood. They provide antenatal and postnatal classes for women and their families with an emphasis on yoga, swimming and active birth.
- Cambridge Birth Choices (Facebook page) Providing support and information about choices in childbirth, for the Cambridge community.
- The Breech Babies’ Club Helps parents of breech babies by providing a friendly ear to listen and share experiences.
- The Daisy Foundation (Lazy Daisy Cambridge on Facebook) Gentle, relaxed active birth classes.
- HG Warriors A nonprofit charity dedicated to providing emotional and educational support services for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) sufferers, their families and medical teams across the globe.
- Bliss – Cambridge Affiliate Group Providing support to parents and families who have, or have had, a baby on the unit who was born too soon, too small or too sick.
National Organisations and Information Sources
- Active Birth Centre
- AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) Provides invaluable independent, evidence-based information for women and their families.
- Best Beginnings
- Birth International
- Birthrights The UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights.
- Doula UK This is the site to visit if you are thinking of hiring a birth doula, for support before and during labour and birth, or a postnatal doula, who would be able to provide practical and emotional support in the first weeks of motherhood. The site also includes useful information about birth and pregnancy.
- Ina May Gaskin World-renowned childbirth expert and educator.
- MSLC national website Resources for members of MSLCs nationwide.
- NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) National clinical guidance and recommended pathways.
- RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
- Sara Wickham Midwifery researcher and educator.
- Sheila Kitzinger Social anthropologist into women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
- Working Families Provides information on employment rights, benefits and maternity pay.
- ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices) Provides support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process.
- Down’s Syndrome Association Understanding screening choices.
- UK National Screening Committee Screening choices in pregnancy.
- The Breastfeeding Network
- KellyMom Parenting and breastfeeding – evidence-based information.
- La Leche League GB
- Rosie Hospital Feeding your baby.
Depression and birth trauma
- Association for Post Natal Illness
- Birth Trauma Association If you have had a difficult experience giving birth and you and/or your partner feel that you are having trouble moving on, then this site is well worth a visit.
- MAMA (Meet A Mum Association) Provide friendship and support to mothers and mothers-to-be who are lonely and isolated after a birth or a move to a new area.
- PANDA (Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support)
Pregnancy loss, bereavement and premature birth
- Bliss For babies born too soon, too small and too sick – research, information and support for families.
- Counselling support at the Rosie in partnership with Petals
- The Miscarriage Association Information and support through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
- Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
- Tommy’s Funding research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and providing information for parents-to-be.
- Rosie Hospital Twins and Triplets Information and antenatal support.
- TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association)