Postnatal support

Although becoming a new parent – or a parent new to Belgium – can be an exciting time, it can also be daunting as you may not know where to turn for support.

Below you can find some of the main contacts that can provide support, advice and a general listening ear.

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In this section you’ll find out more about:

Postnatal support from an independent midwife 

Whether or not you saw an independent midwife during your pregnancy, and irrespective of whether you gave birth in hospital or at home, you can visit an independent midwife for a variety of postnatal issues, including:

  • postnatal care for mother and baby
  • advice on baby care
  • breastfeeding support – some midwives are also registered lactation consultants, which mean they have followed additional training in supporting breastfeeding mothers
  • postnatal exercise and pelvic floor re-education
  • family planning/contraception
  • psychological support

Read more about finding an independent midwife.

Breastfeeding support

For assistance with breastfeeding you can contact:

The website Kellymom also offers a wealth of evidence-based information on breastfeeding.

Mental health support

The Community Help Service (CHS) has been operating in Belgium for over 40 years, and provides information, support, assistance and mental health services in English to anyone in Belgium who needs help, regardless of nationality and circumstances. It is a non-profit association.

CHS runs:

  • a 24/7 confidential information and crisis telephone service, staffed by a team of trained volunteers under the supervision of professional therapists; and

  • a Mental Health Centre, which has a professional staff of psychologists, psychiatrists and educational specialists – consultations are available in English and various other languages.

Family support associations

  • The Brussels Childbirth Trust (BCT) is Belgium’s biggest English-language non-profit association for families, with over 1200 members from over 70 nationalities.

    As well as various family activities, the BCT also offers a range of postnatal of support services to its members, including:

    • Early Days Supporters – parent-to-parent support before or after the birth of your baby
    • breastfeeding counsellors
    • bottle-feeding supporters
    • information on cloth nappies
    • Experiences Register – a network of parents offering a personal support on topics they have experienced
  • Familiehulp – a Dutch-speaking family support network, offering home help, personal care and psychological support.

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