Find out how to access important support during and after pregnancy.

Support services

Browse support service available for new and expecting parents.

Parents in Mind Perinatal Mental Health Peer Support

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Our peer supporters are local mums who have experienced poor mental health during pregnancy or early parenthood who are now well, and can offer their time to support others. Volunteers provide a friendly listening ear as well as signpost to services and organisations that may be helpful to the woman’s individual circumstances.

SoleSistas Social walks and exercise for pregnant women and new mums

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Fun and social meet and walk sessions each week at various venues in Newham

Maternity Services at Newham University Hospital

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Welcome to our maternity service at Newham Hospital. We help to deliver around 5,500 babies a year, making us one of the busiest maternity units in the country. We are very proud of our service and we are committed to providing high quality maternity care.

We provide care at Newham Hospital and in the community, primarily to women who live in the London boroughs of Newham, Barking, Havering and Redbridge. However, we also welcome women from outside these boroughs to come and give birth at our hospital.

Maternity Mates

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Maternity Mates is currently open to pregnant women living in Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest who do not have a suitable support network, or have specific needs or healthcare issues.

The project provides emotional and practical support during pregnancy, birth and beyond, working alongside midwives and other health professionals.

Eating Well in Pregnancy Blog

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Read this blog from Early Start Nutrition to find out how to eat healthily during pregnancy.

Eating Well in Pregnancy Course

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This course has been developed by Registered Nutritionists to provide you with helpful information and tips around nutrition during your pregnancy.

This course will cover:
Why nutrition, before, during and after pregnancy is important
Key nutritional considerations before, during and after pregnancy
Foods and drinks that you need to avoid or limit
Guidance around nutrition supplements before, during and after pregnancy
Guidance around weight gain during pregnancy

Psychological support for people with birth trauma or loss

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OCEAN (Offering Compassionate Emotional Support for those Living Through Birth Trauma & Birth Loss) is an integrated maternity and mental health service providing support for those affected by birth loss or birth trauma.

Mama Meet Up

Mummy’s Day Out is a network for mothers to be inspired, empowered, and encouraged on their motherhood journey through events and workshops. We have partnered with OCEAN who work with women and birthing people who are affected by birth trauma and birth loss in Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Join us for light refreshments (free), great company and honest conversations around motherhood, parenting, and an opportunity to meet local mothers. There will also be space for the children to play.