Individual support for women that includes birth support
“I was at a very low point and had depression throughout my pregnancy. However the birth was a good experience. I feel the birth has been a turning point.”
Preparing for the birth of a new baby without the support of family and friends, or the resources to get essential practical items can be really hard. During pregnancy we can visit a woman at home or meet in a place of her choice. We can help her to set out her birth choices and explain to hospital staff what she would like to happen during her labour. We work with an amazing organisation called PramDepot and together we can also provide women with a full range of maternity and baby items so she is prepared when the baby arrives.
Some women face giving birth without a birth supporter. If a woman will be alone when giving birth, we can arrange for our volunteers to be with her at the hospital throughout the birth. Birth companions give emotional and practical support, and advocate for a woman with hospital staff. Volunteers can continue to visit until she is discharged, providing crucial support as she starts to parent her new baby.
After the birth, we can continue visiting women at home, providing advice and reassurance through the early weeks and months. We can help new mothers find out what’s available locally for her and her baby and she may be able attend our own mother and baby group.
Support for women who have separated from a baby is an important part of our work in the community. As well as offering emotional support through this incredibly difficult time, we can help women who wish to express their breastmilk for their baby and to access other specialist services.
For more information about this service, please contact Helen.
Tel: 07896 112 460