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Tackling isolation: new parent coffee mornings

Suffolk Libraries will be hosting online coffee mornings to tackle isolation and offer support to new and expecting parents.

Ruth Sparshott, Perinatal Mental Health Assistant at Suffolk Libraries, said:

“We know that parents at home with a new baby can often feel lonely, especially if they don’t have friends with children of a similar age. Before lockdown, many new parents were accessing groups in their local libraries and the wider community where they could build friendships and support networks, and this is something that many mums and dads are missing.”

Maternal mental illness affects up to 20% of women and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have significant and long-lasting effects for women and their families. Suffolk Libraries is looking to help reduce isolation and improve emotional wellbeing for new parents with its new perinatal support service.

The next online coffee morning will be taking place at 10:30am on Monday 7 September. Parents can receive an invite by emailing memyselfandbaby@suffolklibraries.co.uk.

Ruth stated that she: “hopes that our online coffee mornings can go some way to fill that gap and offer a space for people to meet and chat until it is safe for us to get together again in person.”

The perinatal project, named ‘Me, Myself and Baby’ launched over the Summer and offers peer support, advice and counselling to mums and dads that have a child under 5 years old or are expecting a baby. Parents can also watch a series of videos intended to help your babies develop their skills and bond with their parent.

For more information, contact memyselfandbaby@suffolklibraries.co.uk or keep an eye on our perinatal support page for updates.