Power to the Bump - Further information

External sources of help and information


For general employment law advice and help with early conciliation.

0300 123 1100

Visit the ACAS website

Best Beginnings

A charity working to give every child in the UK the best start in life. They have co-created the free baby buddy app, which will guide you through your pregnancy to the first six months of your baby’s life. A section called Out of the Blue gives help and support about emotional issues and includes a set of films that raise awareness and reduce stigma about perinatal (meaning 'around birth') mental health issues.

020 7443 7895

Visit the Best Beginnings website

Equality Advisory Support Service

For information and advice about discrimination and equality law.

0808 800 0082

Visit the Equality Advisory Service website


Gingerbread provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents. They have developed materials related to #PowertotheBump for single mothers and answered questions from single mums.

Visit the Gingerbread website

Health and Safety Executive

For queries about statutory adoption pay, statutory maternity pay and statutory paternity pay:

Employers’ helpline 0300 200 3200.

Employees’ helpline 0300 200 3500.

Visit the HSE website

HMRC statutory pay guidance

In depth guidance for employers on paying and reclaiming statutory maternity pay, statutory adoption pay, statutory paternity pay (birth and adoption) and statutory sick pay.

Visit the statutory pay guidance on GOV.UK

Insolvency Service helpline

For queries about statutory adoption pay, statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory shared parental pay when the employer is insolvent. 

0300 056 0630

Room BP 3202, Benton Park View, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1YS

Visit the Insolvency Service on GOV.UK

Little Lullaby

Little Lullaby website is an online forum where young and expectant parents can make friends, share advice, experiences, and support each other through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Visit the Little Lullaby website

Mama Academy

MAMA Academy is a stillbirth prevention charity working alongside The Royal College of Midwives with the aim of helping babies arrive safely.

Visit the MAMA Academy website

Maternity Action

Free legal advice on maternity and parental rights at work, and benefits. Visit the Maternity Action website

Maternity Rights Advice Line - 0808 802 0029 (National except London) - Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 1pm.

London advice line - 0808 802 0057 - Every day except Wednesday, 10am to 1pm. You can use the London line if you live or work in a London borough.

Pregnant Then Screwed

They provide free advice on the legal rights of women experiencing pregnancy or maternity discrimination.

Please call: 0161 930 5300

Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm

Or you can email: advice@pregnantthenscrewed.com

If you would like to speak to someone outside of office hours then please email: advice@pregnantthenscrewed.com and someone will call you back at a time convenient to you.

To find out more about how the helpline works, visit the Pregnant Then Screwed website.

Royal College of Midwives

They provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities.

Visit the Royal College of Midwives website.

As well as the information we provide on these pages, you can get help and support from other organisations such Maternity Action, ACAS and Working Families here.

Statutory Payments Disputes Team

For queries about statutory adoption pay, statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory shared parental pay when the employer is insolvent. 

0300 056 0630

Room BP 3202, Benton Park View, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1YS.

See information on statutory pay on the GOV.UK website

Which Birth Choice tool

This tool aims to help women understand that they have choices when it comes to deciding where to give birth. The tool takes into account an individual's preferences and circumstances to suggest where would be most appropriate for them to plan to give birth, be that at home, in a birth centre or a local labour ward.

Find and compare with the Which birth choice? tool

Women's Equality Network (WEN) Wales

The Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales is an independent non-governmental membership organisation that aims to create a more equal society for women and girls in Wales.

See the #PowertotheBump resources on the WEN Wales website

Working Families

Offer advice and information to parents on employment rights and in-work benefits, including support with pregnancy, maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and flexible working. Dedicated support for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work.

Helpline: 0300 012 0312

Visit the Working Families website

Young Women’s Trust 

Supporting and representing women aged 16 to 30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who are at risk of being trapped in poverty.

Visit the Young Women's Trust website 

Last updated: 24 Feb 2023