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Perinatal programme for new mothers and fathers: Me, myself and baby

Me, Myself and Baby is a new perinatal support service aimed at pregnant women and new parents in Ipswich and East Suffolk.

The service is a partnership between Suffolk Libraries, Suffolk Mind, Children’s Centres, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Get Me Out of These Four Walls. The project is being funded by Suffolk Community Foundation through Realising Ambitions – East

The project aims to help reduce isolation and improve emotional wellbeing for new mums. The four key areas of the project will initially be:

  • An email support service for mums and dads struggling with their wellbeing. A safe and confidential place to write down thoughts and feelings and receive help, guidance and information. Anyone affected can email memyselfandbaby@suffolklibraries.co.uk for help.
  • Telephone counselling will be available for parents who contact the email address but require additional support. A referral can be made for eight free 50-minute sessions of telephone counselling, provided by Suffolk Mind.
  • Stay at Home and Play will provide play ideas for babies and toddlers. Parents can access videos with examples via Suffolk Libraries’ YouTube channel. Activities are free or low cost, giving ideas on how to use everyday items in the home to create fun and nurturing invitations to play.
  • Peer support for mums and dads who contact the Me, Myself and Baby service will be invited to online coffee mornings. These will offer a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet people in a similar situation, share experiences and chat.

The ‘Me, Myself and Baby’ project is available to pregnant women and parents of children under 5 in the Ipswich and East Suffolk Area.

For more information email memyselfandbaby@suffolklibraries.co.uk