Mums in Mind

Mums in Mind provides support for pregnant women and mums who are experiencing mental health issues, emotional distress and/or those who feel lonely and may lack the support of family and friends.

About us

Becoming pregnant or being a new mum is a life changing experience for any woman. Pregnancy and new motherhood is often imagined to be a time of great joy and happiness. However, the reality for many mums is often far from this.

For many women being pregnant or a new mum can be an overwhelming, frightening, and stressful time especially for those experiencing mental ill health and/or who lack support of family and friends.

Mums in Mind are there to help pregnant women and mums to increase their social and support networks, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and to help improve their emotional wellbeing.

Who is Mums in Mind for?

Mums in Mind is a service for women over 16 who are pregnant or who have a child under one year. The service may especially benefit those who:

  • Are experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression or anxiety
  • Feel lonely or isolated
  • Lack the support of close family and friends
  • Are single
  • Are young
  • Have suffered with anxiety or depression in the past
  • Are in a difficult/abusive relationship or have been in the past
  • Have low self-esteem/ confidence

What’s on offer?

Befriending

Carefully selected and trained volunteers will be able to offer new mums-to-be:

  • Regular one to one emotional and practical support, encouragement and friendship
  • Home visits or one to one support in a community setting
  • Sessions tailored to individual needs offering a space to talk and offload
  • Support and information about accessing other services
  • Encouragement around self-help

Peer Support/Short Course

This course provides an opportunity to:

  • Make friends
  • Meet other mums
  • Have a place to talk and share
  • Learn relaxation techniques and coping skills
  • Increase awareness of emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and motherhood

Baby Massage

Baby Massage is offered to mums/carers whose baby is 0-1 years old (or up to crawling).  The course is run over 4 weeks and taught by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor on a demonstration doll.  There are many possible benefits for mum/carer and baby, including:

 

  • Relaxation and longer sleep.
  • Relief from colic, constipation and wind.
  • Reduced crying and emotional distress.
  • Helps baby to feel securely attached.
  • Increased confidence as a mum/carer.
  • Shows baby how to feel loved, valued and respected.
  • Valuable one-to-one time with your baby.

How to access the service

Please ring us on 024 7601 7234 or complete and return the form below to make an enquiry/referral.