Terms and Conditions

A summary of the terms of use for this site and the conditions and licensing for reproduction Read more

Where we work

We strive to ensure that high quality peer support is delivered during pregnancy, birth and beyond. We achieve this by delivering services both locally (South Essex) and nationally. Read more

What do Pregnancy Pals offer?

Friendly and informal visits in your home or somewhere else of your choice, and sometimes being by your side during labour and birth. Read more

Birth Buddy support

"During the labour she was calming and helped me through the pain and taking my mind off things." Read more

How to meet a Pregnancy Pal

Getting in touch is easy and our friendly team can explain more... Read more

Antenatal sessions for mums

Would you like to meet up with other expectant mums in your area? Read more

Why get involved?

Do you want to make the difference of a lifetime? Read more

Pregnancy Pal training and support

Our Pregnancy Pals receive excellent training and support to carry out their role. Our approach is friendly and relaxed so that you enjoy the experience whilst also building your knowledge and skills. Most of all we want to equip you to be a confident volunteer. Read more

Enrol onto a taster course

Our 4-session taster course is a great way of discovering whether being a Pregnancy Pal is for you. Read more

Why we exist

We specialise in effective volunteering and peer support during the key life change of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent. Read more


We have over 25 years’ award winning expertise in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating high quality early years volunteering. Read more

How do parents benefit?

93% of the parents we support report improved wellbeing 3 months after the birth. Read more

How do volunteers benefit?

Volunteers frequently describe their volunteering experience as “life changing". Read more

Developing successful perinatal peer support

Whether you are a provider or a commissioner - make it work from the beginning. Read more

Support to other organisations

Peer support has a unique and valuable role to play in achieving outcomes for parents, babies, families and communities. Read more

How to get involved?

Do you want to make the difference of a lifetime? Read more

Research and evaluation

An extensive evidence base and practice experience underpins our peer support model. Read more


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Fit 4 mums-to-be

Fun, friendly and really helpful if you are feeling anxious, suffering from back pain or are overweight. Read more

Fit 4 mums postnatal sessions

Fun and friendly 6-week exercise programme to help mums feel fit and healthy after giving birth. Read more

How do I make a referral?

We welcome referrals of expectant mothers and fathers who live in the following areas: Basildon, Billericay, Wickford, Thurrock and Canvey Island. Read more

What we offer and where

We offer a range of friendly and free activities during pregnancy, birth and after the birth. Read more

The Community Parents Programme, Tower Hamlets

This innovative programme is delivered by a well-established local grass roots community charity called Island House in the Isle of Dogs. Read more

The Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy Programme, Derby

This is delivered by an innovative social enterprise called Ripplez CIC in partnership with Derby NHS Foundation Trust. Read more