Pregnancy and maternity

  • Tommy’s

    Tommy’s provides information and support to empower parents during pregnancy.


  • Start for Life

    Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

    Start for life

  • Baby Buddy: Pregnancy & Parent

    Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.

    Google Play Store
    Download Baby Buddy on the Google Play Store

    Apple App Store
    Download Baby Buddy on the Apple App Store

  • MAMA Academy

    MAMA Academy’s mission is to empower all maternity professionals and expectant parents on stillbirth prevention methods to help more babies arrive safely.

    07427 851670

    MAMA Academy


  • NHS Pregnancy

    This guide includes all you need to know about trying for a baby, pregnancy, labour and birth.

    NHS: Pregnancy

  • Pregnancy testing

    Pregnancy testing kits can be bought at pharmacies and supermarkets or can be done for free at a Sexual Health Clinic. GP surgeries do not offer a pregnancy testing service.


  • Manchester University Antenatal Care

    If you have had a positive pregnancy test, it is recommended that you access maternity care as soon as possible via your GP or Community Midwife, who will complete the necessary referral into maternity services.

  • Postnatal care

    You should have your postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure you feel well and are recovering properly.

    Your six week post natal check

  • Health visitors

    Manchester Health Visiting Service offers comprehensive advice and support to parents and carers of children from pre-birth to four and a half years. A health visitor is a registered nurse or midwife with specialist additional qualifications in child, family and public health who offers a range of advice and information on feeding, parenting skills, sleeping and healthy eating and a whole lot more.


  • Children’s centres

    There are a number of children’s centres across Manchester that offer a variety of friendly activities, events, help and support to families of children aged 0 to 5 years with advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families, baby massage sessions, breastfeeding support, stay and play opportunities.

    Find your nearest children’s centre

  • Planning your pregnancy

    If you’re planning on getting pregnant, you can improve your chances of conceiving and having a successful pregnancy. 

    NHS: Planning your pregnancy

  • ICON – infant crying and how to cope

    The Manchester ICON webpage has information on infant crying, safe sleeping, the Health Visiting service and Infant feeding team.


  • Active Mums

    You might be anxious that having a baby means you have to forgo your usual workout routine but luckily you can still get your exercise on with one of the great mums and babies exercise classes.

    0800 032 1806

  • Aqua Natal at Moss Side Leisure Centre

    Aqua Natal classes consist of gentle exercise in the water for expectant mums.

    0161 226 5015

    Aqua Natal at Moss Side Leisure Centre

  • Unplanned pregnancy options

    Find out where you can go for help and advice if you’re pregnant and not sure you want to continue with the pregnancy. This includes information about getting an abortion (also known as a termination of pregnancy).

    Sexwise (National)

    FRESH (Manchester)

  • St Mary’s Maternity services self-referral

    Just found out you are pregnant and want to deliver your baby at Saint Mary’s Hospital? (Oxford Road Campus Wythenshawe or North Manchester)
    Please visit our website or use the QR code on the attached leaflet to complete the self referral form.
    If you have any concerns or issues please contact the appropriate unit on the contact details below:

    Saint Mary’s Hospital Oxford Road 0161 276 6246

    Saint Mary’s Hospital Wythenshawe
    0161 291 2942

    Saint Mary’s North Manchester
    0161 720 2133

    Pregnancy self referral leaflet (PDF)

  • HRT and alternatives

    Information for women, their partners and families about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the alternatives for treatment of menopausal symptoms.


  • Primary Care Women’s Health forum

    Here you can find the latest guidelines, patient materials and articles from a board of healthcare professionals and recommended external sources. Available free of charge to all.


  • Menopause Matters

    An independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options. Here you will find information on what happens leading up to, during and after the menopause, what the consequences can be, what you can do to help and what treatments are available.


  • Further information

    Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby.

    NHS – Your Pregnancy & Baby Guide