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Nisa, 28, is mum to three children under the age of five. When her youngest son was born, she simply felt like she couldn’t face the world each day until support came in the form of Better Start Bradford’s Perinatal Support Service. The service has had such an impact on her life that she intend...


Being a volunteer during lockdown

During this difficult time of lockdown and the increased fear and anxiety around COVID-19, mums and mums-to-be with depression, anxiety and low mood may feel more isolated. As the Perinatal Support Service is a volunteer-led service, they have been very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers co...


Out of the darkness into the light

When Reena Begum found out she was pregnant, she was devastated. She simply did not want to be pregnant. The baby’s father didn’t want to know and she had no-one else to support her. Her mental health began to suffer and Reena began to have dark, suicidal thoughts. Thanks to the Perinatal Sup...


Is this the year of the multi-volunteer?

Mum of three, Irem Ahmed is one of our ‘multi-volunteers’, who volunteers for two of our projects: Home-Start Better Start and the Perinatal Support Service. Here, Irem shares why she finds volunteering so rewarding. Irem's Story I was on a Home-Start preparation course for family support volu...


Thank you Perinatal Support Service – I’m me again!

Our Perinatal Support Service provides emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health during pregnancy and after the first year of birth. When Jodie Pedley’s baby, Ethan was born with medical issues, Jodie could feel that she was struggling but once she foun...