Blackpool Childcare Information Service

The service can provide free advice and information on grant-funded nursery places, registered childminders, pre-school playgroups, day nurseries, holiday play schemes, tax credits and much more. Call 0800 092 2332, Fax 01253 476502 or email

National Childbirth Trust

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offers support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. They aim to give every parent the chance to make informed choices and try to make sure that their services, activities and membership are fully accessible to everyone.

The Breastfeeding Network

This site provides useful information and support about breastfeeding

Twins and Multiple Births Association

Tamba is the UK’s only national registered charity providing information and mutual support networks for families of twins, triplets and more, highlighting their unique needs to all involved in their care.

The Maternity Alliance

The Maternity Alliance is an independent national charity which works to improve rights and services for all pregnant women, new mothers and their families.

Association for Improvements in Maternity Services

As part of an ongoing campaign to improve all aspects of maternity care, AIMS collects data and publishes a wide range of leaflets and booklets to help parents make informed decisions about their care.

Group B Strep Support

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK, infecting around 700 babies each year and killing around 100. Yet most of these infections could be prevented.

Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC) Support Group

Women who have had a previous caesarean birth are a higher-risk group for future vaginal births. These pages were initially written after requests from women considering home VBAC, but they are also relevant for those planning hospital births.

Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC)

This is a UK charity set up in 1991 to ease and prevent suffering from pre-eclampsia and improve care and understanding of the condition.

Association of Radical Midwives (ARM)

We are Midwives, student Midwives and others in the UK committed to improving the Maternity care provided by the NHS. We strongly believe that all women have the right to a service tailored more closely to their needs, and a sympathetic attitude on the part of their professional attendants.

Independent Midwives Association (IMA)

Independent Midwives are fully qualified Midwives who, in order to practice the Midwife’s role to its fullest extent, have chosen to work outside the NHS in a self-employed capacity, although they support its aims and ideals.