Download the free Baby Buddy app – health professionals in Leeds use a range of tools including a free app called Baby Buddy. The app acts as your personal baby ‘bubby’ which can guide you through your pregnancy and the first 6 months of your baby’s life. The app was developed by a charity called Best Beginnings with the help of mums, partners, midwives and GPs. The app contains films featuring families from Leeds who talk about their emotional health during pregnancy and also how to bond with your unborn baby. The app is available free from Google Play or from the App Store. You can read the app’s privacy policy and terms of use here. There is also a web version of Baby Buddy.

Helpful resources


ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices) helps parents and professionals through antenatal screening. The ARC website has information for parents and their families and a helpline to contact when they:

  • are making decisions before, during or after antenatal tests
  • have been given a worrying result from an antenatal screening or diagnostic test
  • have been told baby has a fetal anomaly
  • have to make a decision about continuing or ending the pregnancy
  • have made a decision following antenatal testing and would like on-going support

ARC has a free national helpline which is answered by trained staff, open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5.30pm on 0207 713 7486. There is also a moderated online forum for parents who have lost a baby after a prenatal diagnosis.

From Dads to Dads – is a website featuring real life experiences, useful facts and information laid out simply by experts in the field.

No thanks I’m pregnant – Leeds pregnancy and alcohol campaign.

Perinatal Mental Health Treatment: free evidence-based resources for new parents

The Pandas Foundation is an organisation which helps individuals and their families with pre and postnatal depression advice and support. They also offer support to families in the antenatal period. The Pandas Foundation free helpline is open 11am to 10pm every day on 0808 1961 776.

Tommy’s is the UK’s largest charity which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. It also provides an information service for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby – call Tommy’s Pregnancy Line on 0800 0147 800. Websites has tools, tips and information to help you look after your mental health before, during and after pregancy.