I was 28 years old when I fell pregnant and miscarried. I had support over the phone from family in Poland but only had a few relatives in the UK. I wasn't getting any professional help and I became quite depressed.
When I became pregnant the second time, I was worried I would miscarry again. The beginning of the pregnancy was quite stressful and after a few months I started to feel depressed again and I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder.
I first found out about the NSPCC's Baby Steps programme from a midwife. She asked me lots of questions and she said that she could see I was a bit anxious about the pregnancy, so she booked me in for Baby Steps.
"Baby Steps helped me to reduce my anxiety because I felt that if something went wrong, I could call Jenny and Sara to ask them about it. Now I'm happy in my life at the moment."
Joanna* / Baby Steps service user
The Baby Steps classes with my midwife Jenny* and practitioner Sara* gave me practical advice and being able to chat and have questions about really different aspects of pregnancy and parenting was very helpful.
It was good because we had never had a baby before and I didn't know much about being pregnant. I really enjoyed having other parents in the room talking about different things and hearing women saying they had exactly the same issues as me. Baby Steps helped me to reduce my anxiety because I felt that if something went wrong, I could call Jenny and Sara to ask them about it. Now I'm happy in my life at the moment.
To other parents I would say definitely go to Baby Steps. I think everyone should do it.