Having a baby to look after can be worrying, and sometimes parents don’t feel as happy as they had expected. Lack of sleep, change to relationships, breastfeeding and other challenges can make you feel low or anxious.
If you are feeling unhappy or struggling to cope, then it is really important to share your feelings and/or ask for help. This could be with family or friends, or with professional services.
Build your confidence
Free online courses and resources to help you prepare for pregnancy, labour, birth and building a relationship with your baby.
One in four parents in Warwickshire have told us they have felt lonely and isolated. To meet other parents in your local area ask at your local children’s centre.
Pregnancy and early years
Midwife – your midwife will support you during pregnancy and in the days after the birth of your baby.
Health Visitors – are able to listen to you and help in the early years of being a parent. They can visit more often if required.
Family Nurse – Some parents under 19 years will have a specially trained Family Nurse who provides similar, but more intense support to that of a health visitor.
Feeling low or anxious?
Speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP. They can suggest support and treatments. Find your local GP.
Parents in Mind – individual and group peer support for mums experiencing emotional mental health difficulties in pregnancy and first year after birth. Note this operates in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick and surrounding villages only.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) offers talking therapies for people experiencing depression or anxiety. You can self-refer.
Wellbeing for Warwickshire support services for aged 16 years and older.
Big White Wall – free online support for all Warwickshire residents
Mental Health Matters – Telephone helpline providing emotional guidance and information.
Specialist support for mums
Perinatal Mental Health Service – this specialist service works with women who are experiencing mental health difficulties whilst pregnant, or in the first year after their babies are born. Speak to your midwife, health visitor, or GP as you will need a referral to this service.
Support following a difficult birth
After birth listening services enable parents to talk about, and reflect on their birthing experience.
University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire midwifery team – email uhc-tr.SupervisorsOfMidwivesCoventry@nhs.net with your name, address, date of Birth, date of baby’s birth and brief details of your concerns. A Supervisor of Midwives will respond and make an appointment for you within six weeks.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust’s Birth Experience Listening Service. If you think you could benefit from this please call: Confidential answerphone: 01926 495321 Ext 4613.