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Perinatal Support Service

We provide emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or well-being during pregnancy and up until baby turns 2 – the first 1001 days of baby’s life. 

The Perinatal Support Service is for pregnant women or women who have a baby under the age of 2; who have, or are at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.

We provide support to parents by providing a dedicated trained  ‘peer supporter’ who can offer emotional support and support to access services in your local community. We can support women throughout their pregnancy and up until their baby’s second birthday.

Our team of peer supporters are staff and volunteers with lived experience of the perinatal period, and are trained in active and empathic listening. Women who access the service find that their peer supporter is able to open up a safe and none-judgemental space which allows sharing and offloading of the client’s thoughts and feelings. Women experience the power of feeling heard, and this leads to improvements in their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

We also offer a short intervention of Recovery Work, empowering women to take the reins of their own recovery. We offer between 3 and 6 sessions of this work, focusing on mindfulness, self-care, building resilience, and readiness for change.

We support families according to their needs and situation, through listening and emotional support and linking in with other specialist services and Family Hubs, and the Start for Life programme in Bradford.

Who will benefit? Pregnant women and women with a baby under 2, living in the Bradford District, who have, or are at risk of, mild to moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. We accept referrals for and from women experiencing any low mood, or isolation, or any worries or anxiety about pregnancy, labour, birth and parenthood.

Where and when is it delivered? Most support is delivered in the home as a 1:1, face to face session. However support can also be provided by phone or by video call – this is based on the client’s choice. We can also support face to face in community venues. Support is tailored according to families’ needs.

Who provides it? This project is delivered by Family Action, working in partnership with Better Start Bradford, and the Start for Life programme.

How do families register? Pregnant women and women with a child under the age of 2 identified as potentially benefiting from this project can be referred by their midwife, doctor, health visitor, community worker, social prescriber, or from another service. You can also self-refer as a mother into this project.  You can find out more about the service and how to refer  by contacting Family Action on [email protected] or 07966 926849

To Volunteer with us please click on this link to see our Volunteer Information and Volunteer Role Description.docx

Kenburgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4QU
Tel: 07966 926849  [email protected]