If you are a young mum or teenager who is pregnant, there are a wide range of services to support you during pregnancy and after you have had your baby. Your midwife or health visitor can give you details of local services.
If you are single and pregnant
If you are pregnant and on your own, it is even more important that there are people you can share your feelings with and who can offer you support.
Sorting out problems, whether personal or medical, is often difficult when you are by yourself, and it's better to find someone to talk to than let things get you down. For more information, see coping if you're alone. The following national organisations can also give you help and advice.
- Worth Talking About – if you think you may be pregnant, you can get confidential advice from the Worth Talking About helpline on 0300 123 2930. Find out about doing a pregnancy test.
- Brook – if you are under 25, you can visit a Brook centre for free, confidential advice, or email them via Ask Brook. Find your nearest Brook centre.
The Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy
The Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy is written specifically for women under the age of 20 and includes the real pregnancy experiences of young mums. It is produced by the charity Tommy's and is available free to 16-19-year-olds through the Tommy's website.
Carrying on with your education while you're pregnant
Becoming a mother doesn't have to mean the end of your education. If you are still of compulsory school age (any time before the last Friday in June of the year of your 16th birthday), your school should not exclude you on grounds of pregnancy or health and safety issues connected with your pregnancy. However, they may talk to you about making alternative arrangements for your education. You will be allowed up to 18 calendar weeks off school before and after the birth.
After your return to education, you can receive help with childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme. Care to Learn also provides support with childcare costs for teenage parents above compulsory school age who want to take up learning.
For more information about Care to Learn, call 0800 121 8989.
Finding somewhere to live when you're pregnant
Many young mothers want to carry on living with their own family until they are ready to move on. If you are unable to live with your family, your local authority may be able to help you with housing. Some local authorities provide specialised accommodation where young mothers can live independently while getting support and advice from trained workers.
For more information about housing, contact your local authority. Find your local authority.