The organisations listed on this page offer help on different aspects of conception, pregnancy and life with a new baby. Citation does not mean endorsement by the Maternity Services Liaison Committee or any of its members and neither the committee nor its members can be held responsible for any content.

General information - Edinburgh and Lothian

The National Childbirth Trust runs antenatal classes in Lothian. It also runs a number of postnatal groups and provides a range of other services for new and expectant parents.


NCT West Lothian and Falkirk

The Birth Resource Centre in Edinburgh provides a resource for women and their partners before and after childbirth, offering various classes and events, including yoga for pregnancy and first aid for babies and children.

Edinburgh for under fives is a yearly handbook produced by volunteers from the Edinburgh branches of the NCT

​The Edinburgh Real Nappy Project aims to encourage Edinburgh parents to use reusable nappies as an alternative to disposable nappies and offers starter kits at discount prices.

Choices for Childbirth A support group set up by an independent midwife with input from NHS midwives, Doulas, Birth Resource Centre and NCT

Nutritionist Resource - Infants and pre-school children

General - Scotland

Scottish healthcare genetics public engagement network

ParentLine Scotland is the free, confidential, telephone helpline for anyone caring for a child in Scotland. You can call about any problem, however big or small.
Tel: 0808 800 2222

Pelvic Instability

Ready Steady Baby is a guide to pregnancy, birth and early parenthood produced by Health Scotland. Ready Steady Toddler was published in 2007 ask your health visitor or GP for a copy.

NHS Scotland - Maternity services national overview, published January 2007.

General - UK

Genetic Disorders Genetic Interest Group is a national alliance of patient organisations with a membership of over 130 charities which support families and individuals with genetic disorders

The National Childbirth Trust Pregnancy and Babycare website

The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services

Doula UK has information about hiring a birth doula - a woman offering practical support before, during or after birth.

The RoyalCollege of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Obstetric Anaesthetists websites can also provide useful information.

Hospitals and health care

Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Little France​/GoingToHospital/Locations/RIE/

Simpsons Special Care Babies

St John'sHospital at Howden, Livingston

Antenatal testing

Antenatal Results and Choices support and information for women during the antenatal testing process

Antenatal Results and Choices provides support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process

EuroGentest free access website providing information about genetic testing and links to support groups across Europe

Active birth, home birth, caesarean birth and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)

The Active Birth Centre (London-based, but has information about active birth teachers in Scotland)

The Home Birth Reference Site is run by an experienced homebirth advocate. It aims to help women make informed choices.

The Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information Site offers research-based information and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean section.


The La Leche League help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and promotes a better understanding, of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother

The Breastfeeding Network is a Scottish-based charity that aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others across the UK.

The National Childbirth Trust's Breastfeeding Awareness website has information and advice about breastfeeding for parents, friends and family, employers and professionals

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers has a detailed list of breastfeeding support groups in Scotland including many in Lothian.

Postnatal depression and birth trauma

The Association for Post-Natal Illness provides support to mothers, raises awareness of the illness and encourages research into its cause and nature.

The Birth Trauma Association supports all women who have had a traumatic birth experience.

Pregnancy loss and bereavement

The Miscarriage Association provides support and information for those suffering the effects of pregnancy loss.

The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society supports anyone affected by the death of a baby and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies' lives.

Scottish Cot Death Trust works to find the cause of cot death, to support the families affected by this tragedy and to provide education on the topic for both the public and health care professionals.

Premature birth

Tommy's exists to save babies' lives through funding research into and providing information on the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

Bliss is dedicated to working for special care babies and their families.

Multiple births

The Twins and Multiple Births Association

Fertility problems

Infertility Network UK aims to raise the profile and understanding of infertility issues and to improve provision of infertility care throughout the UK.

Disability/additional support needs

Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children - no matter what their disability or health condition. It helps parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis.

SNIP provides advice and information on services available to children with additional support needs and their carers. "You don't always have to have a specific question for us, as we also provide a listening ear".
Helpline: 0131 536 0583

Enquire is the Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning and has a website and helpline for parents, carers and professionals
Helpline: 0845 123 2303


Although these websites are commercially driven, they contain some useful information.

Last Reviewed: 11/07/2016