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Pregnancy Support

Our free and confidential pregnancy support service can offer advice and guidance to anyone concerned with issues surrounding alcohol consumption and pregnancy.

Our new pregnancy support service is available for women aged 16-44 and their partners or loved ones.

We can offer confidential advice, guidance and reassurance to anyone concerned about issues relating to alcohol consumption and pregnancy.

Find out how to access support
"Long story short, if this service had not have taken me in, me and my unborn child would have been dead."
Angela – Pregnancy Support Client
a pregnant lady refusing alcohol

Who we can help

  • Individuals in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Glossop
  • Women concerned about alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women who are alcohol dependent and looking to reduce their drinking.
  • Partners or relatives concerned about a loved one.
"Thanks to this service me and my baby are now doing so well and are both healthy, my baby is now 2 months old and is doing great!"
Angela – Pregnancy Support Client

The Support We Can Offer

  • safe, supportive and non-judgemental group environment for women and their families to discuss issues surrounding alcohol and pregnancy.
  • virtual support including online counselling sessions, online support groups, phone calls, text and email
  • mentoring to individuals, groups or organisations.
  • support individuals and families to access appropriate support in their communities
  • offer one to one counselling for women who are experiencing difficulties of alcohol exposed pregnancy
Find out how to access support
a pregnant lady receives support from her friend
"I rate the service I got 10 out of 10. No faults or issues and I would recommend anyone in my situation, don’t be afraid to admit to your faults take all the help you need that’s available and just be open and honest with yourself."
Rebecca – Pregnancy Support Client

Raising awareness and reducing risk

Despite misconceptions and anecdotal accounts, the current guidance from the UK Chief Medical Officer is that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Therefore, the safest option during pregnancy is not to drink alcohol at all.

Although the guidance is clear, alcohol use in pregnancy continues to be a growing issue. The UK currently has the fourth-highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world, with 41% of women reporting drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

"The service helped in many ways, they helped me know who I am and brought things out of me, it helped me to grieve for my little girl, find myself, I now know who I am as a person."
Angela – Pregnancy Support Client
a man supporting a pregnant woman

The problem with alcohol and pregnancy

A baby’s brain and body are growing and developing for the entire nine months of pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can affect how the baby’s brain and body develops.

FASD stands for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is an umbrella term used to describe the range of lifelong disabilities that can occur as a result of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

People who live with FASD may experience a range of lifelong disabilities. Some are noticeable at birth and others appear as the child grows and develops.

However, some noticeable signs at birth include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Small head
  • Distinctive facial features

Only a small percentage of those affected will have these physical characteristics. However, the majority of individuals with FASD may experience difficulties in many of the following areas:

  • Attention, learning and memory
  • Sensory impairment
  • Understanding the world around them
  • Poor social skills
  • Hyperactivity
  • Delayed language development
  • Delay in meeting milestones
"I would rate this service 10/10 😊 I cannot thank them enough for what my life is like now. I would recommend this service to other people, definitely!"
Angela – Pregnancy Support Client

Volunteer Peer Mentors Needed

Could you help Acorn provide safe, confidential and non-judgemental support to women and their families?

We need volunteers with lived experience to help us provide support and guidance to women and families at risk of alcohol exposed pregnancy (AEP).

Find Out More
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Working In partnership

Acorn are working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) to support women and their families throughout Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and Glossop. This partnership forms part of the wider Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy (AEP) programme.

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Pregnancy Support service lead Louise Whitworth

Get In Touch

To speak to Louise for a free, confidential & informal chat

call – 07583 052 031
email – lwhitworth@acornrecovery.org.uk

Alternatively, Acorn’s pregnancy support service can be accessed through health visitors, maternity services, children’s centres and health centres.