To improve the experience and alleviate the suffering of all those affected by pregnancy sickness, including hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
Aims and development
Pregnancy Sickness Support is a UK registered charity. Our aims are based on what we consider to be the current needs of those suffering with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum, as well as incorporating the needs of the healthcare professionals and carers of those suffering with these conditions.
They are as follows:
- The provision of a free helpline to give information and support.
- To provide high quality peer support to those suffering.
- The production of information to explain the condition and its treatments through various platforms.
- Providing resources and information to inform and educate doctors and healthcare professionals about the condition via a range of platforms.
- Raising awareness of pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum amongst the general public through media articles and information.
- Encouraging further research into the condition, its impacts and treatments.
- Engaging in, providing and promoting the patient voice within research into the condition.
- Continue to be a leader in the international HG scientific medical research community.
- Providing a model and support for sister charities developing nationally and internationally meeting their specific cultural needs.
- To engage in quality improvement by auditing core demographic information to ultimately improve accessibility.
We have established an excellent peer support service which evaluation has shown to significantly improve people's experiences while suffering varying degrees of pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum. We have extended this service to the partners and carers of those who are going through this debilitating condition, as we understand that support for families is also critical in improving overall care for the people at the heart of our mission.
The future sees the development and progression of the HG counselling service which launched early 2023 and aims to bring accessible, condition specific support to those who need it most; whether it is during a pregnancy or after. The after effects of a difficult HG pregnancy often go under the radar and from our experience it has such a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of the person affected, can impact their decision to have more children and can cause PTSD.
Woking together with the media, healthcare professionals, medical publications, researchers, service providers, universitites and other charities, we will we continue to focus on delivering the above aims, alongside sustainability and diversifying our income streams so that the services we have established can continue to thrive and grow across the UK.