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Pregnancy support

Who to contact

As soon as you find out you are pregnant, contact your GP or local midwife service and your local Children’s Centre & Family Hub.

You are encouraged to do this as early as possible to get the care you need. This should be in the first 8 weeks of your pregnancy, but it’s never too late to make contact.

A GP or midwife will give you advice about staying healthy and answer any questions you may have.

Register with Camden's Children Centres and Family Hubs

Complete the form so that we can let you know about support and information available to you during and after your or your partner's pregnancy. We will call you within 3 to 5 working days after we receive your form submission.

Register for antenatal services

Join a Bump to Baby Group

Becoming a dad or mum is an exciting as well as challenging time. Over the 5 weeks, you will meet other parents and talk together about:

  • preparing for and managing labour
  • ‘bonding’ with your baby before and after the birth
  • understanding your baby’s sounds, signals and cues
  • coping with crying and comforting your baby
  • becoming a parent and your changing relationships
  • where to go if you need a little extra help

The 5 weekly sessions last 2 hours each and take place at our Children’s Centres & Family Hubs. They are run by Family Workers, Health Visitors and Midwives.

You are welcome to come on your own, bring your partner or a family member.

All our classes are free and you receive a free goody bag at the end of the course.

Book your place

Book Bump to Baby sessions

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Telling your GP

At your GP appointment, the doctor will have an initial discussion with you and refer you to a local maternity unit.

If you live in Camden but aren’t registered with a doctor, find a GP near you.

Refer yourself to a midwife

Alternatively, you can book an appointment directly with one of the three maternity units in Camden:

University College London Hospital

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, 25 Grafton Way, WC1E 6DB
Phone: 020 3447 9400
Website: University College London Hospital

Royal Free Hospital

Pond Street, NW3 2QG
Phone: 020 7794 0500, use extension 3616
Website: Royal Free Hospital

Whittington Health NHS Trust

Whittington Hospital Labour Ward, Gordon Close, N19 5NF
Phone: 020 7288 3482
Website: Whittington Hospital

You do not have to book with a hospital in Camden if you would prefer to be seen elsewhere. Find other maternity services.

Supporting you and your baby

Your midwife and the hospital maternity team are here to support you during your pregnancy. They will provide antenatal care and give you information about:

  • Keeping yourself and your baby healthy
  • Pregnancy vitamins
  • Screening tests to check on your baby’s development
  • Managing long-term health conditions

The maternity team will ask about other things which could affect you and your baby, including relationships, housing, or financial concerns. Your appointments are confidential and will help connect you to any support you need.

Staying healthy

Your midwife will give you advice about how to keep you and your baby healthy. You can get free vitamin D and Healthy Start supplements from your nearest Children's Centre & Family Hub.

A healthy diet is especially important during pregnancy. Visit the NHS Start for Life website for advice on healthy eating during pregnancy. If you are on a low income, you may be eligible for free milk, fruit, and vegetables from NHS Healthy Start.

Finding out that you’re expecting a baby can be a time of mixed emotions, whether your pregnancy was planned or unexpected. There’s no correct way to feel about being pregnant and it is very common to be worried or anxious. Your partner may also be experiencing a range of emotions and feelings.

Talk to your GP if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope.

For general services and support available in Camden, including what to do in a crisis, visit mental health and wellbeing.

For advice and tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy, see:

Support with giving up smoking, alcohol or other substances

If you or your partner smoke or vape, quitting during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do to give your baby a healthy start in life. Giving up smoking can be difficult, but support is available from the Camden Stop Smoking Service.

It is recommended that you should not drink alcohol or take any illegal drugs during your pregnancy as there is a risk of long-term harm to the baby. For more information about the effects of drinking alcohol and taking drugs during pregnancy, visit the NHS website. Find out about local drug and alcohol support services at Change Grow Live Camden.

If you’re unhappy or unsure about being pregnant

You may have mixed feelings or be unhappy about being pregnant. If so, contact your GP or MSI Reproductive Choices UK for free, non-judgemental and confidential advice by phone or online live chat.