Peer Support Network

We aim for our volunteers to be geographically close but this isn't always possible. We have volunteer peer supporters from a variety of backgrounds (different ethnicities, religions, sexualities, gender identities, abilities, classes, regions, nationalities, job roles etc.) and with a range of experiences (such as fertility treatment, miscarriage, termination, breastfeeding through HG, service families etc). If you prefer to be matched based on experience please do let us know.

All volunteers go through an application process which includes a telephone interview and professional references as well as online training.

Our Support Network is fully insured

The Nature of Support Work – What you can expect from us?

  • Confidential – safe
  • Regular contact reducing isolation and fear of this debilitating illness. The level of support will be determined by you in conjunction with your volunteer peer supporter
  • Support can be provided via telephone/text/What's App and email or sometimes you can arrange to meet your volunteer peer supporter face to face.
  • If you are unable to build a trusting relationship with your volunteer peer supporter please let us know and we will do our utmost to offer you another volunteer peer supporter.

Model of Support – Our model of support is based around the principles of empowerment

  • To listen and believe - and give you space to tell your own story
  • To treat you as an equal and with respect
  • Not to make decisions for you although we may help you to work out what your options are
  • To give you information where it is appropriate regarding coping strategies, treatments, employment, childcare, planning for future pregnancies but NOT advice
  • To encourage you to take control over whatever aspects of your life you can
  • To give you space where you are accepted and where you feel you have a right to be
  • To focus on you as an individual woman

Accessing Support

Our team at PSS-HQ work between Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm.

Volunteer Peer Support is more flexible. Once you have been matched with a Volunteer Peer Supporter you will have their support within 48 hours.

If you are currently suffering and would like to be matched with a volunteer for 1-2-1 peer support, please complete the form below and our Volunteer Peer Support Coordinator Natalie will get back to you. 

If you would like to apply to volunteer as a peer supporter, please read our Volunteers page for more information.

To get the information from this page for someone you know who is suffering, download our printable information leaflet.

 

Privacy Notice:

Here at Pregnancy Sickness Support we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested from us.

However we would like to contact you to request feedback and with details of other services, opportunities and events we provide.

If you do not wish to be contacted please let the Volunteer Support Coordinator or Forum Administrator know upon registration.

70-80%

Nausea & vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is very common, on average it affects 70-80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser extent.

30%

30% of pregnant women in paid employment need time off work due to NVP.

85%

85% of pregnant women have two episodes of nausea per day.