This is a list of organisations that offer services that could be helpful for families in Belgium. Look at the categories below to find the links you might find helpful.
|Emergency number Medical urgencies and fire brigade||112|
|Urgent police assistance in Belgium||101|
|Poison Centre||070 245 245|
|Child Focus||116 000|
|CARD STOP (24h/24)||070 344 344|
DISCLAIMER: THIS LIST IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY BCT RECOMMENDATIONS
Regular evening sessions that provide helpful information when planning for or having a baby in Belgium.
BCT Prenatal Courses
Antenatal courses in English for first time parents-to-be and 'Refresher Courses' for parents expecting their second or subsequent child. Various locations around Brussels.
BCT TENS Machine Hire
BCT Valley Cushion Hire
Pregnancy, birth and beyond in Belgium.
Association francophone des doulas de Belgique
www.sococoon.net (FR) and A doula in Belgium on Facebook (EN)
A Doula in Belgium by So Cocoon
Resource for medical services around local birth services. (NL)
A group of independent midwives based in Brussels who can assist home and hospital births. Prenatal and postnatal support care in English, French and Flemish.
An association of midwives who offer a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Specialists available in shiatsu, physiotherapy, perineal reeducation, body-mind therapy and massage, psychology, Feldenkreis method, homeopathy, baby massage, hypnobirthing and osteopathy. Also doula service in French.
A group of independent midwives who offer pre- and postnatal care in various languages.
Union professionnelle des sages-femmes belges. Offers a list of midwives by postcode.
Provides midwives for home births and postnatal care in Dutch, French and English.
Centrale des Accoucheuses
Provides a similar service to the Bolle Buik in French and English.
02 344 2740
A team of volunteers offering general emotional support and practical information in the early weeks and months of parenthood.
BCT Experiences Register
A register of members willing to offer parent to parent support on a wide range of personal experiences from miscarriage, postnatal depression, and sleep deprivation to reflux, allergies, special educational needs, potty training and beyond.
Provides short term help for families with a sliding scale of charges. Also provides postnatal care for Mother and baby. Flemish speaking organisation with English speaking helpers.
CPAS - A Woluwe based French speaking network that offers support to families in case of sickness or after childbirth.
02 778 1160
Largest non-profit in Belgium. Dutch family support network. They offer baby care in the home in 4-hour blocks at set rates until baby is eight weeks old. They also offer household help.
French speaking family organisation.
Flemish speaking family organisation (with English section). Also second hand children's toys and clothes.
Information for young people in Brussels.
A website aimed at those growing up in Brussels.
A breastfeeding support service run by trained volunteers, offering mother-to-mother support.
BCT Bottle-feeding Support
A BCT volunteer offering information about bottle-feeding
Dutch speaking breastfeeding support network in Flanders. Contact persons can be found under 'Telefonische Dienst'
051 77 1803
French speaking organisation providing support and information on breastfeeding. Brussels and Wallonia.
02 242 9933
La Leche League: Breastfeeding Support and advice.
Kind en Gezin (child and family) is a Flemish speaking agency, equivalent to the ONE, that focusses on preventative treatment and guidance of young children geared to good outcomes in the future
The French-speaking office of birth and childhood (Office de la Naissance et de l'Enfance) is a public institution developing birth and childhood policies. Prenatal care and consultation clinics for children age 0 to 6 years.
Brussels support for disabled people
02 660 3225 and 02 280 0148
STEPS - a charity supporting adults and children with a lower limb or hip condition.
DSA - Downs Syndrome Association
Newlife Foundation for disabled children
Fondation pour la prevention des allergies
Support for parents of children with allergies.
Government approved and subsidised scheme providing practical help.
Parenting website in Brussels
Website of the Brussels-Europe liaison office (BELO)
Free expat services around the world or in your area
Belgium online in English
Expat life in Belgium - offers free monthly newsletter
Information and guidance on administration and discovering what Belgium has to offer.
A practical guide for settling and living in Brussels.
Official Belgian tourist office.
Office for the promotion of tourism in Brussels and Wallonia.
Brussels-Capital region official website.
Official website for Wallonia.
Official website for Flanders.
Flemish Brabant official website.
Official Information and Services concerning life in Belgium.
Up to date information on what's happening in Belgium.
Yellow pages online.
Phone directory online.
Travelling in Brussels - metro, tram and bus.
The Brussels Institute for the management of the Environment: including information on green spaces in Brussels.