|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|
24 hour English speaking help line and counselling services
02 648 4014 (Help Line)
02 647 6780 (Office)
French-speaking GPs who make house calls
02 513 0202
Preparing for Birth and Parenting
BCT Pregnancy in Belgium
Regular evening sessions that provide helpful information when planning for or having a baby in Belgium.
BCT Birth & Parenting 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 Hypnobirthing Courses
The KG Hypnobirthing course is for expectant parents interested in learning and practicing self-hypnosis to help the birth parent and partner feel relaxed, confident, and empowered during labour and birth.
BCT Tens Machine and Valley Cushion Hire
Drug-free pain relief during birth and sitting comfortably after birth.
Pregnancy, birth and beyond in Belgium.
Expertisecentrum kraamzorg (Expertise center for maternity care):
Information resources for the time before and after the birth, specifically for Brussels (Flemish)
The UK's largest charity for parents.
Information on pregnancy, babies and toddlers.
Association Francophone des Doulas de Belgique:
Information about doulas and how to find one in Belgium (in French)
Association of Flemish-speaking Doulas
Vlaamse Federatie van Doula's
Information about doulas and how to find one in Belgium (in Flemish)
English-speaking doulas (Website French)
A doula in Belgium: SoCocoon on Facebook (English)
Zwanger in Brussel
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 reducation, body-mind therapy and massage, psychology, Feldenkreis method, homeopathy, baby massage, hypnobirthing and osteopathy. Also doula service in French.
Provides midwives for home births and postnatal care in Dutch, French and English.
Au fil de la naissance
A group of independent midwives who offer pre- and postnatal care in various languages.
Belgian Union of Midwives
Union professionnelle des sages-femmes belges:
Offers a list of midwives by postcode.
Centrale des Accoucheuses
Midwives Centre (Forest)
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 Early Days Support
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.
BCT Experiences Register
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.
A Woluwe-based French and Flemish speaking network that offers support to families in case of sickness or after childbirth.
02 778 1160
Largest non-profit in Belgium. Flemish 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.
La Ligue des Familles
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 (in French).
BCT Feeding Support
Your feeding choice, our support: Breastfeeding support from trained volunteers or bottle-feeding support from a BCT volunteer, both offering mother-to-mother support.
BCT Feeding Support
Dutch speaking breastfeeding support network in Flanders. Contact persons can be found under 'Consulentes'.
French speaking organisation providing support and information on breastfeeding. Brussels and Wallonia. Phone contact under Permanence téléphonique.
La Leche League Belgique
Breastfeeding Support and advice (FR)
La Leche League Vlaanderen
Breastfeeding Support and advice (NL)
Kind en Gezin
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.
ONE information in English
BCT Special Needs Support Group
A group of BCT members that shares general concerns and experiences about baby/child development or developmental support (e.g. speech therapy or special educational needs).
BCT Support Groups
A charity in the UK supporting adults and children with a lower limb or hip condition.
Downs Syndrome Association
DSA - Downs Syndrome Association in the UK
Newlife Foundation for disabled children in the UK
The National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.
English-language web magazine covering Brussels and Belgium
Offers news, a Q&A forum and newsletters
Expat Welcome Desk
Information and help for new expats from the Brussels government
"All you need to know before moving to Belgium"
"Living in Belgium for expats, by expats"
Expats in Brussels
Practical guide for settling, living and working in Brussels
Homepage of the Brussels-Capital Region
Belgium - Wallonia
Office for the promotion of tourism in Wallonia
Tourism website for Flanders
Tourist office for East Belgium (DE-FR-NL)
An attraction for every day of the year
Daily Life in Belgium
Yellow pages online.
Phone directory online (both for companies and people)
Travelling in Brussels - metro, tram and bus
Website about waste management in Brussels, especially the rules on sorting waste
Information about green spaces in and around Brussels (FR, NL)
Fondation pour la prevention des allergies
Support for parents of children with allergies (FR)
Culture in Belgium
The best of Brussels in one click: Restaurants, bars, real-estate, culture...
Up to date information on what's happening in Belgium, searchable by province (FR, NL)
Cultural listings in Brussels
Brussels museums' official website, with information about events and exhibitions
Theatre in Brussels
English-language theatre in Brussels
The Children's Library
English-language children’s library