What is the Perinatal Support Service
The Perinatal Support Service helps pregnant women and women with babies up to the age of one who have, or are at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues such as negative thoughts about being a mum, low mood, anxiety or depression.
Mums are carefully matched up with trained volunteer peer supporters who provide tailored emotional support through listening support sessions, and help them access other services in the community. They also offer a Theraplay-based group programme, ‘My Baby and Me’.
This project helps women through pregnancy up until their baby’s first birthday.
What difference does the Perinatal Support Service make?
The service positively impacts on:
- Maternal mental health
- Self-confidence and self-esteem
- Attachment between mothers and babies
- Social isolation
In addition, it increases the confidence and future employment opportunities of volunteer befrienders.
Who is eligible for the Perinatal Support Service
Pregnant women and mums with babies up to the age of one living in the Better Start Bradford area.
Without the Perinatal Support Service I'm not sure how I would have coped. I had no idea how to manage my stress levels and knew it was important for me to be less stressed for the baby while I was pregnant and after the baby came.
I have learned how to pick up on babies' cues. I did not know how amazing babies were - they pick up on everything, even how I am feeling.
I really liked the interaction with my client and can see that I am helping and this also impacts on my own self esteem. It feels good to help others.
More information about the Perinatal Support Service
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