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Perinatal Support Service

Contact details and a summary of what our projects are delivering during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at: https://www.betterstartbradford.org.uk/news/stillheretohelp/

Providing emotional support to 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 is aimed at pregnant women who have, or are at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

The project provides support to parents through a dedicated trained volunteer ‘befriender’ who will offer emotional support and support to access other services in the community. It helps women through their pregnancy and up until their baby’s first birthday, and can work with their partners too.

It supports families according to their needs and situation, through listening and emotional support and linking in with other specialist services and Family Hubs.

Who will benefit? Pregnant women in the Better Start Bradford area who have, or are at risk of, mild to moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

Where and when is it delivered? Most support is in the home but volunteers may also accompany participants to group sessions at local venues or meet with parents outside the home if isolation is an issue to help them access support services and Family Hubs. Support is tailored according to families’ needs.

Who provides it? This project is delivered by Family Action, a charity with much experience delivering this work, working in partnership with Better Start Bradford.

How do families register? Pregnant women identified as potentially benefiting from this project will be referred by their midwife, doctor, health visitor, or Family Hub, offering an appointment. Families can also find out about accessing the project directly by contacting Family Action on [email protected] or 01274 505034.

More information: 

This project provides:

  • an initial assessment of need by a co-ordinator
  • home visits by a suitably trained volunteer befriender
  • group sessions to aid understanding of babies’ and parents’ needs and baby-parent bonding
  • informal support networks
  • referral to other relevant services
  • recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer befrienders

Find the Perinatal Support Service on Facebook here

The Perinatal Support Service is one of more than 20 projects being provided by Better Start Bradford for pregnant women and families with children under four in Little Horton, Bowling and Barkerend and Bradford Moor.