Learning that you are pregnant can be a scary and confusing time and there will be a lot to think about and get your head around.

But there is lots of help and support available to support you in whatever you decide to do.  Read our unplanned pregnancy page to find out what your options are and where you can go for help.

Once you know you are pregnant and you’ve decided to have your baby it’s important to tell your GP or get in touch with your local midwifery team.  Details about what to do can be found on our tell us you’re pregnant page.

In Kent and Medway there are midwives who provide support for young mums.  They will be able to tell you what local support groups are available to young parents.

Where to go for help 

You might be worried about how you are going to manage financially or if you can continue your studies after the baby is born, and whether there is help available for childcare costs. 

Family lives has some helpful information on where you can go for help with housing, benefits, childcare and emotional support.  They also have a confidential helpline which you can call on  0808 800 222 if you want to talk to someone.

If you're worried about childcare costs while you study, the Government's national scheme Care to Learn provides financial support with childcare payments.

If you would like to connect with other young parents, Little Lullaby is an online support community where you can chat and share stories with other young mums and dads.

In Kent and Medway

In Kent support and advice is available for young women who are pregnant, young dads and their families to help them stay in, or get back into, education employment and training