Below you will find links to information on managing stress and anxiety during and after your pregnancy, plus to other specialist support services.
If you need urgent help
If you or your partner feel that one or both of you is in crisis or in need of urgent support, please call 111, contact your GP or the Urgent Mental Health Helpline - 24/7 Telephone on 0800 008 6516
Do not leave the person in crisis or baby unattended during this time.
Assessment and Diagnosis
For assessment, diagnosis and short-term treatment of women affected by a moderate to severe mental health illness in the preconception, antenatal and postnatal period:
Telephone: 01384 314 155
General mental wellbeing information is also available through our Let's Get website.
Targeted Specialist Services
Find your local support group at NHS Alcohol Support Services.
You can also receive free support from Alcoholics Anonymous.
Request free confidential advice on drugs or alcohol from With You.
Contact the Dudley Stop Smoking Service:
You can also find further information on the Healthy Lifestyles website.
Additional Support Services
Aching Arms is a national charity offering online support for parents who have experienced baby loss before, during or after birth.
Birth Reflections - The team at Russells Hall Hospital Maternity Unit holds a birth reflection clinic for antenatal and postnatal women who need it. Advice includes listening to each unique birth experience in a sympathetic and non-judgemental way, helping to build confidence after any trauma and assisting the woman rebuild relationships and get her life back on track.
The Birth Trauma Association
The Birth Trauma Association is a charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth. Their website includes an information and support page dedicated to fathers and partners, both as supporters of mums and as having experienced birth trauma in their own right.
Black Country Women's Aid
Black Country Women’s Aid – An independent charity supporting survivors of abuse and their children and, helping them to cope with trauma and rebuild their lives.
Bliss is the leading UK charity for the 100,000 babies born needing neonatal care each year. Their website contains lots of useful information on all aspects of parenting a baby needing neonatal care, as well as providing access to sources of support.
Cruse's vision is that all bereaved people will have somewhere to turn when someone dies. Their mission is to offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and to enhance society's care of bereaved people. Cruse offer face-to-face, Telephone, email and website support, with a national freephone helpline, as well as local services and a website specifically for children and young people.
Dudley Talking Therapy Service
Dudley Talking Therapy Service - This NHS service provides help and support for people experiencing anxiety, low mood/depression, stress, panic and other difficulties. You can self-refer online or by telephone.
Home Start is based in Brierley Hill, where staff and trained volunteers work alongside families. They help parents regain confidence and provide a range of support with:
- post-natal depression
- relationship breakdown support
- money issues
- isolation and loneliness
- coping with physical illnesses and disabilities
Lighthouse Counselling offers professional counselling services to the residents of Dudley and surrounding boroughs, aiming to help and support people overcome difficulties for a positive future.
Mom's Mindful Hub
Mom’s Mindful Hub aims to help and support parents' mental health and well-being. They offer a range of groups and activities offering peer support and signposting. is for every parent, regardless of age, ethnicity, culture or religion.
Phase Trust, based in Halesowen, wants to support families to ensure those difficult times don’t become the norm or overwhelming. They offer parenting courses and combined working, supporting both parent and child.
Refuge works to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse. They offer a freephone 24-hour domestic abuse helpline.
Relate – Services include:
- relationship counselling
- family counselling
- children's counselling
- young people's counselling
- sex therapy
Sands - The nationwide Stillbirth & Neonatal Death charity, offering support and information to anyone (parent, grandparent, sibling, families, friends, health professionals, and others) affected by the loss of a baby before, during or after birth. The charity also works to improve the care received by bereaved parents and to promote research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Telephone: 0808 164 3332 (national helpline)
Facebook/get involved: @sandscharity and https://www.sands.org.uk/get-involved/sands-united-fc
Tommy’s is the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. They also provide information for parents-to-be to help them to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, as well as advice on mental wellbeing. As part of their ‘Pregnancy Hub’, they have specific pages of information and advice for dads and partners.