Both Lives Matter believes that women, unborn children and families in Northern Ireland, deserve the best care pathways in pregnancy.
Pregnancy can bring a rollercoaster of emotions and if pregnancy has been unexpected or brings with it external concerns, worries or even complications these emotions may be heightened.
Both Lives Matter wants to highlight the care and support services currently available to women, their partners and families across the province. The services we are signposting to on this page range from counselling provision, to practical and emotional support. We will be continuing to update this page as we make links with more service providers throughout NI so keep checking the page regularly.
Both Lives Matter is not a direct service provider when it comes to pregnancy crisis care. We only signpost to organisations who we have spoken to and who have given permission to be included on this signposting page. The counselling services referred to offer accredited, non-directive counselling.
So while Both Lives Matter is not responsible for the services provided by these organisations we have taken every effort to ensure women, unborn children and their families receive the best care possible.
Links Counselling is based in Lurgan and Stewartstown.
Links Counselling services provides various therapeutic interventions for a range of issues. We provide counselling for adults, young people, children and couples, and work with a range of issues including trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties, anxiety and depression.
Links Counselling is an organisational member of BACP and have BACP accredited counsellors working within team of professionals.
Grace Ministries exists to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of these women by providing safe havens in our communities and places of belonging.
We are embracing women in our communities with love & grace, women who are facing the most beautiful but also the most vulnerable moments in pregnancy and early motherhood.
A place of welcome, hope and support for women facing challenging circumstances in pregnancy and early motherhood.
Practical provision of maternity & baby clothing, baby equipment, and essential items for mum & new-borns.
Drop-in mornings & support groups are also run through Hope House in Moira Village
Baby Love was set up to help & bless new mums who find themselves in vulnerable circumstances and unable to provide essential items for their baby.
The beautiful ‘Baby Love Bags’ are filled with essential & practical items that mum will need with the arrival of a newborn. Help with baby equipment, baby clothing bundles and baby toys can also be provided.
Baby Love are partnering with various individuals & organisations.(SureStart, local health professionals, Women’s Aid, VOYPIC, Family Nurse Partnership and Christian Prison Fellowship).
The heart of Baby Love is to love, bless and support mums, to help reduce stress and financial worry, to reach those mums and families in isolation and challenging circumstances. Baby Love’s aim is to show God’s compassion in a generous, practical way.
Email: [email protected]
Have You Seen That Girl?
Have you seen that girl? is a website, blog and movement that is dedicated to raising awareness of maternal mental health and it’s importance; providing ‘Bags of Hope’ to mums and families; helping parents find help, support and community; delivering training on perinatal mental health and campaigning for improved services across the UK.
Lindsay Robinson, founder of Have You Seen That Girl?, has shared her story as well as presenting guest posts from others affected by the issue of maternal mental health. The website provides links to these stories as well as links to help and support; information about Lindsay’s Bags of Hope and her campaigning endeavours in the area of peri-natal mental health.
A Bundle of Joy
Baby in a Basket
A Bundle of Joy – Baby in A Basket exists to support and help those experiencing an unexpected joy or crisis situation with a new-born baby.
This organisation provides a Moses Basket filled with brand new, beautiful items of use for mum and baby which can be given to those in need.
If you know of anyone in need who could benefit from this service please contact Caroline through the Facebook link below.
Every Life Counts
Every Life Counts is an online outreach for parents of children who have been diagnosed with a terminal condition pre-birth, both in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.
Every Life Counts seeks to celebrate the lives of children diagnosed with a terminal condition by reaching out to parents and providing support, care and assistance to families. The website is regularly updated with fact sheets and stories. Parents can avail of peer-to-peer support; financial assistance for any necessary counselling; receive care packages; share their memories, their joy, their pain, and their love.
Every Life Counts aims to be a valuable resource and source of hope for families and their children who, above all else, seek the gift of time.
Email: [email protected]
The Post Abortion Course
The Post Abortion Course is a supportive discussion group for Christian women wishing to process their thoughts and emotions about a past abortion.
The ethos of the course is non-judgemental and teams are well aware of the sensitivities around this issue. The course follows a well-established programme that is designed to help guests explore the many emotions and issues that can surface following an abortion. Courses have been running for over 20 years, during which time they have helped hundreds of women.
During the current Covid situation courses around the country have been suspended. However a central online course is available which will run at intervals for the rest of the year.
Surrendering the Secret
Surrendering the Secret is a post-abortion recovery outreach. It is a Christian facilitated programme of biblical healing.
Surrendering the Secret is a study designed to bring women together who understand the need for seeking peace with the past and desire a better understanding of God’s plan for making the most painful losses of our past work for His glory!
The mission is to provide a supportive and confidential environment that facilitates healing and restoration from a past abortion and bringing a sense of hope and purpose for the future. If you have an abortion in your past, you can contact Surrendering the Secret to find a supportive group.
Email: [email protected]