Baby Steps Helping parents cope with the pressures of a new baby
Pregnancy and the first months of a child’s life are crucial and lay the foundations for their future.
Becoming a parent can be really difficult for some mums and dads, because of their own circumstances and past experiences.
They often don’t get the support they need in preparing to become parents, especially if they don’t have their own support networks. We know that the parents who most need support are unlikely to get any antenatal education (support during pregnancy).
Baby Steps is a perinatal educational programme which means it’s for parents in the run up to the birth of their baby and afterwards. It’s designed to help prepare people for becoming parents, not just for the birth itself.
Baby Steps supports future mums and dads to:
- know how to care for their new baby
- reduce the stress that often occurs with parents of a newborn
- improve the lives of their babies.
How it works
Baby Steps starts with a home visit in the 7th month of pregnancy and then includes 6 group sessions each week before the baby is born. After babies are born the family is visited again at home, and then there are 3 more group sessions. Groups are led by someone who works in children’s services, like a family support worker and a health visitor or midwife.
Sessions include films, group discussions and creative activities. They’re interactive and designed to build confidence and communication skills. There’s a strong focus on building relationships between parents and with their babies.
Baby Steps covers 6 themes:
- the development of my unborn baby
- changes for me and us
- our/my health and wellbeing
- giving birth and meeting our baby
- caring for my/our baby
- who is there for us – people and services.
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