Maternity care is in crisis. Experiences of pregnancy, birth & parenthood vary wildly. NCT helps 200,000 women & families each year but needs to reach more. We are fundraising to continue & expand our support. Our vision is that everyone who becomes a parent feels safe, confident & connected.
Today, women and people who are pregnant or giving birth are less likely to report getting the help they need during labour, birth and postnatally; less likely to get information to help make informed decisions about their care; and less likely to feel that their concerns are taken seriously. This is directly associated with long-term under-investment in maternity services. Only 1% of maternity services are rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, which means that 99% could improve.
As the national charity for pregnancy, birth & early parenthood, NCT has a 65-year history of helping new mothers and families. Your support will help us provide local connections via our 336 volunteer branches (e.g., Bumps & Babies); the latest trusted information online; and free-to-access specialist care in infant feeding & breastfeeding (e.g., Baby Cafes and our Infant Feeding Line), mental health challenges (Parents in Mind), or complex needs such as pregnant refugees (Newham Nurture).