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Pregnancy and Childcare Helplines

The organisations listed below provide support and information on a range of topics related to pregnancy and childcare. This section contains helplines in the categories listed. You can jump to a specific topic or scroll through the options. If your topic isn't listed or you want further support, you may wish to contact a Universal Helpline.

The organisations listed below are given in no order of preference; feel free to contact whichever service you would like or none at all. Please note that some of these services are advisory and are marked as such.

  • Abortion

    Care Confidential Advisory

    Care Confidential offers pregnancy, abortion, baby loss and post-abortion counselling, support, and advice. The helpline is for women and their partners facing these situations.
    Opening Times
    Monday, 9am-3pm, 4pm-9pm, Tuesday, 9am-4pm,6pm-9pm, Wednesday, 9am-5pm, 7pm-9pm Thursday, 9am-5pm, 6pm-9pm, Friday, 9am-9pm, Saturday, 9am-2pm, Sunday, 2pm-4pm
    Contact
    0800 028 2228 (Landline)
    0300 4000 999 (Mobile)
    http://www.careconfidential.com/

    British Pregnancy advice Service (Abortion Services UK) Advisory

    BPAS offers advice and counselling about pregnancy issues, abortion and fertility.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Sunday, 24hrs
    Contact
    03457 30 40 30
    info@bpas.org
    http://www.bpas.org/bpaswoman/

    Acorn Centre Advisory

    The Acorn Centre is a Christian run organisation that offers counselling and support for people in a pregnancy-related crisis, including post natal depression, bereavement following pregnancy, and post-natal depression. They provide advice and information on issues such as options when unexpectedly pregnant and post-abortion counselling.
    Opening Times
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-2pm
    Contact
    024 7638 1878
    http://www.acorncentrenuneaton.co.uk/
  • Adoption

    Intercountry Adoption Centre Advice Line Advisory

    IAC offers advice, information and counselling services both before and after adoption. The service is for both adults and children and includes birth records counselling and intermediary services.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
    Contact
    0208 447 4753
    http://www.icacentre.org.uk/

    Adoption UK

    Adoption UK is an adoption support charity that offers support and understanding to those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
    Contact
    0844 848 7900
    http://www.adoptionuk.org/

    After Adoption Advisory

    After Adoption offers post-adoption information, advice and support services which include helping a birth parent overcome the loss of their child to adoption, helping an adopted adult to search for their birth relatives, giving support to adoptive families and providing information to birth relatives.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday, 10am-4pm
    Contact
    0800 0 568 578
    information@afteradoption.org.uk
    http://www.afteradoption.org.uk/

    British Association for Adoption and Fostering Advisory

    BAAF offers advice on the process of becoming an adopter or foster carer, and tracing and contacting family members for both adult adoptees and birth relatives.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
    Contact
    020 3597 6116
    adviceengland@baaf.org.uk
    http://www.baaf.org.uk/
  • Contraception

    (See also GUM Clinics, Universal Helplines, University Services)

    Sexwise Advisory

    Sexwise offers advice and information on sex, sexual health, relationships and contraception for people under 19.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Sunday, 7am-midnight
    Contact
    0800 282930

    Ask Brook Advisory

    Brook offers confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people under 25. Topics they can help with include pregnancy, contraception (including emergency contraception) and STIs.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm
    Contact
    0808 802 1234
    http://www.brook.org.uk/

    Worth Talking About Advisory

    Worth Talking About will give information and advice about sex, contraception, sexual health and relationships for anyone aged 12-18.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 2pm-8pm Sat and Sun, 2pm-4pm
    Contact
    0300 123 29 30
  • Emergency Contraception

    (See also Contraception, GUM Clinics, University Services)
    Emergency Contraception is available free of charge from: contraception clinics, Brook centres, GUM Clinics, most NHS walk-in centres, most NHS minor injuries units (MIU), most GP surgeries, some A&E departments.

    Ask Brook Advisory

    Brook offers confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people under 25. Topics they can help with include pregnancy, contraception (including emergency contraception) and STIs.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm
    Contact
    0808 802 1234
    http://www.brook.org.uk/

    Boots Cannon Park, CV4 7EH Advisory

    Boots Pharmacy can provide the morning after pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex. A confidential and anonymous consultation in a private area to assess if it is appropriate for you. The pharmacists can supply without a doctor's visit. It is free for women 25 and under. In other cases, a single pack of the emergency contraceptive pill costs £26 at Boots. However, with a doctor's prescription it would be free.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5:30pm Thursday-Saturday, 9am-6pm Sunday, 10am-4pm
    Contact
    02476 417 158
    http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Health/Health-shop/Womens-health/Emergency-contraception/
  • Fertility

    British Pregnancy Advice Service Advisory

    BPAS offers advice and counselling about pregnancy issues, abortion and fertility.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Sunday, 24hrs
    Contact
    03457 30 40 30
    info@bpas.org
    http://www.bpas.org/bpaswoman/

    Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy (COTS) Advisory

    COTS offers advice, help and support to surrogates and intended parents to help them understand the implications of surrogacy before they enter into an arrangement and to deal with any problems that may arise during it.
    Contact
    0844 414 0181 (Landline) or 01549 402777 (Mobile)
    info@surrogacy.org.uk
    http://www.surrogacy.org.uk/

    Infertility Network UK Advisory

    The Infertility Network offers information and support to those with fertility problems.
    Contact
    0800 008 7464 (Landline) or 01424 732361 (Mobile)
    0121 323 5025 (Support and advice from a trained nurse)
  • Fostering

    The Fostering Network Advisory

    The Fostering Network is a free, confidential and impartial helpline which provides advice, support and information on issues in fostering such as concerns of foster carers and those interested in fostering.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
    Contact
    0800 040 7675
    help@fosterline.info
    http://www.fosterline.info/

    Action For Children Advisory

    Action For Children can offer advice and information on fostering and adoption.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
    Contact
    0300 123 2112
    ask.uk@actionforchildren.org.uk
    http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

    British Association for Adoption and Fostering Advisory

    BAAF offers advice on the process of becoming an adopter or foster carer, and tracing and contacting family members for both adult adoptees and birth relatives.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm
    Contact
    020 3597 6116
    adviceengland@baaf.org.uk
    http://www.baaf.org.uk/

    Adoption UK

    Adoption UK is an adoption support charity that offers support and understanding to those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
    Contact
    0844 848 7900
    http://www.adoptionuk.org/
  • Miscarriage

    (See also Child Bereavement, Universal Helplines)

    Miscarriage Association

    Miscarriage Association offers support and information about miscarriages.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
    Contact
    01924 200 799
    info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk
    http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

    Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS)

    SANDS offers support to anyone affected by the death of a baby, and can give information and suggestions about finding other relevant support organisations.
    Opening Times
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm
    Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am-5:30pm, 6pm-10pm
    Contact
    0207 436 5881
    https://www.uk-sands.org/
  • Pregnancy

    British Pregnancy Advice Service (Abortion Services UK) Advisory

    BPAS offers advice and counselling about pregnancy issues, abortion and fertility.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Sunday, 24hrs
    Contact
    03457 30 40 30
    info@bpas.org
    http://www.bpas.org/bpaswoman/

    Life Pregnancy Care Centre Coventry

    Life offers non-directive counselling and information on pregnancy, pregnancy loss and abortion, as well as practical support to women continuing their pregnancy.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday, 9am-4pm
    Contact
    0808 802 5433 (National Helpline)
    024 7622 8886 (Coventry Centre)
    01926 421 587 (Leamington Spa Centre)
    http://lifecharity.org.uk/about-us

    National Childbirth Trust

    The NCT offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with breastfeeding. They can also put callers through to a shared experiences helpline, where callers are put in touch with a volunteer who has gone through a similar experience.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm Tuesday, 9am-6pm
    Contact
    0300 330 0700
    enquiries@nct.org.uk
    http://www.nct.org.uk/

    Ask Brook Advisory

    Brook offers confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people under 25. Topics they can help with include pregnancy, contraception (including emergency contraception) and STIs.
    Opening Times
    Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm
    Contact
    0808 802 1234
    http://www.brook.org.uk/

    Acorn Centre Advisory

    The Acorn Centre is a Christian run organisation that offers counselling and support for people in a pregnancy-related crisis, including post natal depression, bereavement following pregnancy, and post-natal depression. They provide advice and information on issues such as options when unexpectedly pregnant and post-abortion counselling.
    Opening Times
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-2pm
    Contact
    024 7638 1878
    http://www.acorncentrenuneaton.co.uk/