Bump2baby Reality offers antenatal and postnatal services in Warwickshire.
Our ethos is simple, we care, prepare and support expectant and new parents as they enter the world of parenthood.
We are all too aware of the impact that pregnancy and parenting can have on emotional wellbeing and mental health, and that is why we are thrilled to be supporting ‘By Your Side’ as they launch their Service User services, helping families who have used or are using the NHS perinatal services. This unique approach of peer to peer support will be invaluable to so many.
As a local community network for expectant and new parents we meet and support many parents who are struggling in various ways and at various degrees with the transition to parenting. Crucially, we also run weekly coffee mornings. This helps to build up a network of like-minded people who can share in their experiences and offer each other advice and tips, if sought. We know the value of this network and the lifeline it has given to so many parents.
Let’s help break down the stigma of mental health and raise the challenge to support all expectant and new parents. There is no such thing as ‘perfect parenting’; we all need to seek support or advice at different times.
Bump2baby Reality provide free early pregnancy classes as well as antenatal classes, antenatal refresher classes for second-time (or third-time…) parents, hypnobirthing classes, pregnancy yoga classes, placenta remedies, infant feeding support, and first aid classes PLUS, most importantly, an amazing local network of professional and peer support. We work with many local services and are here to help, whether you attend our classes or not!
So, let’s make this fundraising event the beginning of showing just how much we care. X
By Your Side is a relatively new service user forum, launched in November 2017, for users of the Coventry and Warwickshire Perinatal Mental Health service.
They help and support families who are experiencing emotional difficulties either during pregnancy or in the first year after their child’s birth.
The service is a very different approach from other services that people may encounter in that it is run by people who have themselves lived through similar experiences. Whilst families will have the medical and psychological support of the Perinatal Mental Heath Service, By Your Side offers a service provided by people who can really empathise with the families’ struggles and issues.
In addition to this, the aim is to help to break down the stigma associated with mental illness, a stigma that may prevent parents in need of support from actually accessing that support in the first place due to any preconceptions they may hold.
In May 2018, By Your Side will also be launching a peer support service run by some of the mothers contributing to the By Your Side forum. The peer support will be running a Stay and Play for families who have come through the Coventry and Warwickshire Perinatal Mental Health Service.
The money raised at Our Fundraising Event will be going directly to the Coventry and Warwickshire Perinatal Mental Health Service. However, as By Your Side is working in partnership with them, a proportion of the monies donated will be going towards the launch and maintenance of this very worthwhile service.
“‘By Your Side’ is a new service user support group. They have been established since November 2017, and exist to support the Perinatal Mental Health Team which spans Coventry and Warwickshire. Funds raised by the group will be used to support the PMHT in areas such as equipment to allow staff to increase support for women who are struggling to bond with their babies, access to community services for women who are having difficulty accessing these and perinatal resources and training.”
(Kirstie McKenzie-McHarg, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Swark-FT)