Our services | How we help
Our services are all about helping people meet pregnancy or pregnancy loss with courage and dignity so they can flourish.
Genuine accompaniment through the pregnancy and parenthood journey
Life has a person-centred online pregnancy listening service, which was inspired by the Samaritans.
It’s free, confidential, non-coercive, and non-judgmental.
In 2022, 8,370 people used this service.
The service works over freephone, text, web, and email. Whatever pregnancy-related issue someone is facing, a Life listener – trained in skilled listening and/or counselling – will face it with them.
Acceptance. Reassurance. Care. We’re all these things and more. With one listening ear, you have a whole new journey.
Life is an associate member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and we adhere to their ethical guidelines.
If clients wish to explore medical topics, we inform – not advise – using NHS information.
Helping women transform themselves into capable and confident young mums
In 2022, we housed 181 mothers and children in our 19 Life Houses, with 46 babies being born in our Houses.
Our network of supported accommodation around the UK gives a place of safety and sanctuary for mums and their babies who would otherwise be homeless, unsupported, or at risk.
Whilst in this place of safety, we help them transition into early motherhood using the Trauma-Informed Approach. This is a specialist approach that strengthens relationships with clients and helps them develop their skills in money, housing, mental health, physical health, relationships, parenting, employment, education, and community connections.
This approach enables clients to build confidence, self-esteem, and a belief that they can be the best parent and version of themselves now and in the future.
Acceptance, reassurance, and a community of support
Imagine having a friend who’s with you from day one. Every month we help women as they face the possibility that they might be pregnant. By offering free pregnancy tests as one of our services, we’re accompanying women from the very first moment of their pregnancy journey. In 2022, 36,081 women asked us for a free pregnancy test – that’s 100 every day!
Those getting free pregnancy tests can also take the test and share in a safe space guided by a Life listener.
Life also gives practical support – free mum and baby supplies like cots, prams, buggies, and maternity clothes. These relieve practical concerns so women can focus on being the best mother they can be to their child. In 2022, we serviced 320 requests for practical support.
Changing the conversation around pregnancy, motherhood, adoption, and parenthood
How we view pregnancy plays a large role in whether we welcome its challenges and rewards or resist them. At the core of how we view pregnancy is how we were educated by our culture about pregnancy.
Life supports education around parenting, the adoption process, prenatal development, and pregnancy loss. We believe that education should help people to develop realistic notions of motherhood, including its joys and ideals, as well as adoption. Most importantly, we should show women how they can incorporate motherhood positively into their careers and future selves.
We have exciting plans over the next few years to innovate our services related to public education. We’re currently looking for partnerships and funding – contact us if you think you can help!
Life is a national charity which helps and support anyone affected by pregnancy-related issues. This includes women and families before becoming pregnant, those who are pregnant, those after pregnancy, and those who’ve experienced pregnancy loss, or post-abortion issues. We do not refer for abortion or give information on abortion providers.
You can read our full terms of service here.
More about us
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Our values inform and guide everything we do. Find out what makes our approach unique.
Being trustworthy and offering high-quality services is important to us. Here are some of our accreditations and memberships demonstrating this commitment.