Emotional support for families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or well-being during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
The Perinatal Support Service helps pregnant women who have, or are at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
The team supports parents through dedicated trained volunteer ‘befrienders’ who offer emotional support and help them access other services in the community. The project helps women through pregnancy up until their baby’s first birthday, and can work with their partners too.
Where and when is it delivered?
Most support is provided in the home but volunteer befrienders may also accompany parents to group sessions at local venues, meet with them outside the home to help them access local support services, or provide support over the phone or via video calls. All support is tailored to the family’s needs.
The team also runs group sessions such as ‘My Baby and Me’ to show parents how to be their baby’s best toy, and teach them about attachment and bonding, understanding their baby, and baby brain development.
Who delivers the Perinatal Support Service?
This project is delivered by Family Action, a charity with lots of experience delivering this type of work.
How do families sign up?
Pregnant women identified as potentially benefiting from this project will be referred by their midwife, doctor, health visitor, or Family Hub. Families can also find out about accessing the project directly by contacting Family Action at [email protected], by ringing 07966 926849 or calling the office on 01274 651652. You can also find the service here on Facebook.
The service is delighted to accept applications from prospective volunteers.