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Pregnancy and Birth Information Hub for women

Pregnancy and Birth Information Hub for women

Welcome to the RCM Pregnancy and Birth Information Hub. 

We wanted to provide a safe place online for families having a baby to access information which is free from scare stories and based on good evidence.

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Using the RCM Pregnancy and Birth Information Hub. 

There may be topics which interest you which we haven’t included. If what you need isn’t here, remember that you can ask your midwife, or talk to her if something you have read has worried you. 

Please note that the translation tool for NHS choices is in the top right of the screen (Translate▼)

Please note that the resources listed below will open in a new tab on your web browser. Please close down the tab to return to this page.

Click on the headings in blue below, which will reveal links that will take you to a menu of topics for each stage of pregnancy and becoming a parent. We hope that you find it useful. For any questions, please email publichealth@rcm.org.uk  

Information and support for your pregnancy



Alcohol and Pregnancy
What to expect from your Antenatal Care
Cancer has affected your pregnancy
Dental health

Dietary Advice
Need support for Domestic abuse?
Information for Fathers and birth parners
Physical activity in pregnancy
Find out more about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Immunisations for pregnant women
Infections in pregnancy
Interacting with your baby before birth
You or your partner have a Learning disability
Emotional and Mental health in pregnancy
Support for Miscarriage and Stillbirth
Baby's Movements
Pain in your Pelvis?
Pelvic floor exercises and Perineal massage
Planning a pregnancy?
Pregnancy conditions

You are in or leaving Prison

Smoking and Pregnancy
Need Social support?
Need support for your Relationship?
Screening tests in pregnancy
You have experienced Sexual abuse
Substance misuse
Your baby is born through Surrogacy
If you're a Teenager
You are the victim of Trafficking, a survivor of Torture, or are worried about Forced Marriage 
Travelling when pregnant
You are having Twins or more

Weight management
Working / employment




Information and Support for your Birth
Birth / Parenting Preparation
Writing a Birth Plan
Caesarean birth
Choosing where to have your baby
Complementary therapies
Induction of labour
Pain relief in labour
Having a Positive birth experience
Your baby is born Prematurely or is in Special Care
VBAC and previous birth experiences


Information and Support for after your Birth
Bed sharing/safe sleeping
Exercise after pregnancy
Feeding your baby

Immunising your baby
Interaction with your baby after birth
You or your partner have a Learning Disability
Local support after birth
Your Mental Health after your birth
Recognising if your baby is unwell
Recovery after birth
Safety at home
Smear testing / Breast screening /testicular self examination
Tongue tie