Who We Are: 

ARC is the only national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences and continuing that support to those parents who have made that difficult choice and have had the traumatic experience of terminating their pregnancy.

At ARC, we provide much-needed non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.

What We Offer:

  • A national helpline. Our helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm. Parents and healthcare professionals can call 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.
  • A password protected, moderated Forum: a safe place for ARC parent members to make contact with others who have lost a baby following a prenatal diagnosis, in order to provide support and lessen the sense of isolation.
  • A Forum is also available for ARC’s healthcare professional members.
  • A volunteer Support Network: our Support Network is made up of trained parent volunteers who have themselves faced difficult decisions about the future of their pregnancy, giving them a unique insight into support newly bereaved parents.
  • A range of publications: ARC’s parents handbooks ‘Supporting you throughout your pregnancy’ and ‘A handbook to be given to parents when an anomaly is diagnosed’ describe some of the complex physical and emotional issues parents may face after a prenatal diagnosis. Booklets are also available for fathers, children and grandparents.
  • Working along with SANDS Lothians we hold a parents meeting in the SANDS Craiglockhart centre every 3 months for those parents bereaved as a result of fetal anomaly.

How to contact us: 

Tel: 0845 077 2290
Website: www.arc-uk.org