In addition to the personalised advice you’re provided by your midwife and doctor, we’ve produced several information leaflets in English and other languages that you can access via the button below. 

You’ll also find on this page recommendations of external websites that may be useful when looking for more information on pregnancy, birth or maternity care.

Information in different languages

There are a number of ways you can access information about maternity care in your chosen language.

We offer an interpreting service for all of your appointments and during your stay in hospital. 

If you do not speak English, or use British Sign Language, and need to have an interpreter for your appointment, please let your midwife or doctor know. 

You can translate every page on this website into one of more than 130 languages, by clicking on the globe icon from the top of any page.

It is powered by Google Translate, which is a third-party service provided by Google. 

Not all text may be translated accurately and the Royal Free London is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate translations — please refer to Google Translate for more information. 

We also provide leaflets in different languages, as well as signposting you to other organisations who have multi-language information leaflets for women/birthing people and families, as outlined below.

Our leaflets in different languages

  • MAMA Academy: provides essential information about pregnancy in 11 different languages.
  • NHS England: the ‘screening tests for you and your baby’ leaflet is available in 12 languages and easy read format. 
  • Tommy’s: information on ‘monitoring your baby's movements’ (also referred to as 'fetal movement', 'reduced fetal movement' and 'feeling your baby move') is available in English (written and audio) and 30 different languages.
  • Labour Pains: information about pain relief choices during labour and when having a caesarean birth in 33 languages.
  • Action on Pre-Eclampsia: information about pre-eclampsia in 25 different languages.
  • UNICEF: breastfeeding, formula feeding and sterilising feeding equipment information is available in 11 languages.
  • The Lullaby Trust: information on safer sleeping for babies is available in 25 different languages and easy read format.

Please note, the Royal Free London is not responsible for the content of external websites.

The women’s health counselling service is available for patients of the Royal Free London maternity units and gynaecology department who are experiencing moderate to moderately severe anxiety and/or moderate to moderately severe depression. 

It provides counselling during pregnancy, after a traumatic birth, during the postnatal period, following a miscarriage, stillbirth or termination, or if you have concerning gynaecology problems. 

Please speak to your midwife or doctor if you would like to be referred to the service.

There are also some local services that accept self-referrals: 


Camden and Islington Psychological Therapies Service offers treatment for a range of psychological problems, including anxiety and depression for people registered with a Camden or Islington GP, or those who live in these boroughs but do not have a GP.

Let’s Talk IAPT

For anyone 16 years and over with mild to moderate common mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety disorders. You need to be registered with a GP in Barnet, Enfield or Haringey to access the service.

We have dedicated teams of specialist midwives and other healthcare professionals who support and provide continuity of care for vulnerable women and birthing people.

This includes women and birthing people who have, or are at risk of, mental health conditions and who may have complex social issues, such as homelessness or being at risk of domestic violence.

The aim is to improve the outcome for you and your baby, by ensuring continuity of care. 

You’ll be offered a referral to this team if it’s felt this will be helpful for you.

If your partner is pregnant, we encourage you to show your interest in the pregnancy and birth and to be supportive to your partner.

You’re welcome to accompany your partner to all antenatal appointments and scans and are encouraged to attend parent education classes to help prepare for the birth and caring for your baby.

One birthing partner or companion is also welcome to visit 24 hours a day during a hospital stay.

  • Make sure you can be contacted at all times.
  • Decide how you’ll get to the hospital (if you have arranged a hospital birth).
  • If you’re using your own car, make sure it works and has petrol, and do a trial run to see how long it takes to get from your home to the hospital.
  • Remember to pack a bag for yourself, including snacks, a camera, and your phone and charger.

For further resources and information, visit the pregnancy charity Tommy’s.