We are thrilled to have secured funding to launch our Bump to Baby Pilot project. Supported by the Wandsworth Grant Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, this programme will extend our home-visiting work to support families through pregnancy, the birth experience and postnatally. Support will focus on perinatal mental health, parent-infant attachment and infant development and well-being and help parents with the transition to parenthood. We believe the work we do will be even more effective and beneficial if we start as early as possible, helping parents lay sound foundations for their child’s future.
Our first step is to start with quality training. As many of you may know we already have a group of incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. This week over twenty of them started targeted training in:
- perinatal mental health
- child development
- attachment theories and practices
- breast-feeding and other up-to-date ante and postnatal information.
This is in addition to their obligatory 40-hour accredited Home-Start training (which includes safeguarding, listening skills, attachment, post-natal depression, domestic abuse awareness, confidentiality and positive parenting).
In partnership with the maternity units and perinatal services (midwives and psychotherapists) at St George’s and Chelsea & Westminster hospitals, along with our existing referral partners, we can now offer our support to parents at any point during the mother’s pregnancy (ideally post 12 week scan and before the last trimester). Our support will be in addition to, and complementary to, existing services delivered by GPs, midwives, health visitors and other health professionals.
Once a volunteer has been matched with a mother they can provide practical support and information, signposting to other useful services and befriending and listening support. They can also help families attend key appointments with maternity units.
The objectives of the pilot are to improve:
- emotional wellbeing
- family relationships
- access to services
- access to social networks
- parent-baby attachment
- confident and happy parenting.
For more information on this pilot project please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7924 5268.