Minding the Baby Improving mum's relationship with her child
The first few months of a baby’s life have a huge effect on the rest of their childhood. Minding the Baby helps mums to give their babies the best possible start in life.
Young, first-time mums are offered support to help them develop a positive relationship and secure bond with their baby. We aim to help mums to recognise and respond to their baby’s feelings and needs (also called ‘maternal reflective capacities’).
A nurse practitioner and social worker or therapist give also practical support like:
- feeding tips
- help with housing
- financial advice.
They also help mums who are struggling emotionally, perhaps because they’ve experienced neglect or abuse themselves.
Minding the Baby helps mums to become the parents they want to be.
It was developed by Yale University in the USA. We’re testing it at the moment to find out what difference it makes for the children and families we help.
How it works
We support mums for 2 years. Weekly home visits start in the 7th month of pregnancy and continue until a child’s 1st birthday. After that, we’ll visit once every 2 weeks until the baby’s 2nd birthday.
During visits mums are encouraged to be aware of their baby’s physical and mental states to help them respond to their needs. For example, we might ask mum to put into words what they imagine their baby is feeling. Minding the Baby helps mums to understand how best to respond to their baby, how a baby develops as well as giving parenting advice and practical tips.
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