Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always what it’s cracked up to be! There are so many different reasons why you might find yourself struggling right now. Most of us need support to get through it but sometimes the right support can be hard to come by.

That’s where our mum befrienders come in…

If you are finding yourself struggling with your mental or emotional well-being; are feeling isolated, alone or unsupported; or are facing difficult personal circumstances, then you may well benefit from the support of another mum.

This service provides women with the support of a dedicated trained mum befriender (who is a mum herself). Our fully trained mum befrienders have an understanding of what you might be going through and are able to provide sensitive, empowering, non-judgemental one to one support through home visits and out within your local community.

 

Mum Befrienders Support

How it works

Reaching out for help when you are having a difficult time takes courage and we know how difficult that can be. So firstly, well done for even getting this far on our website! Please keep reading about the support we can offer and if you think we might be able to help you then get in touch.

When you get in touch, our project co-ordinator will arrange a time to have an informal, confidential  chat with you. This is an opportunity for you to find out a bit more about how Mum Befriending works, what we offer and if we are the right thing for you.

All being well, we will  match you with one of our mum befrienders. Your mum befriender will arrange to meet with you on a regular basis, depending on your situation this may be at your home or somewhere within the community.

Your befriender may provide support in a number of different ways and you will agree this together based on  your unique situation, what you want and need. Our Mum befrienders aim to support you to find your own way forward, they offer guidance and support but are not their to tell you what to do.

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Pregnancy and becoming a new mum is not always what it’s cracked up to be! There are so many different reasons why you might find yourself struggling right now. Most of us need support to get through it but sometimes the right support can be hard to come by.

That’s where our mum befrienders come in…

If you are finding yourself struggling with your mental or emotional well-being; are feeling isolated, alone or unsupported; or are facing difficult personal circumstances, then you may well benefit from the support of another mum.

This service provides women with the support of a dedicated trained mum befriender (who is a mum herself). Our fully trained mum befrienders have an understanding of what you might be going through and are able to provide sensitive, empowering, non-judgemental one to one support through home visits and out within your local community.

 

Support varies from person to person but here are just some of the ways you can be supported:

  • A safe, non-judgmental, supportive person to chat through worries, concerns, and problems with.

  • Someone who can help you prepare for your baby and your birth.

  • Support and guidance to find the information and things you need.

  • Someone who can help make sense of things.

  • Support to attend appointments or help you  find and access services.

  • A birth partner. Having a supportive partner during your labour and birth makes a big difference, depending on your situation your befriender may be able to offer this support.

  • Support and encouragement in the early days as you get to know your baby.

  • Help to understand your baby and empowering support to help you become the kind of mum you want to be.

  • Help to develop coping strategies.

  • Support to help you maintain and improve your own wellbeing

  • Help to get out and about again

  • Someone who is in your corner, who is there to listen and support you.

Mum Befrienders Support

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I would encourage any new mum who is struggling to ask for support from a Mum Befriender. It’s easy to think, ‘my problems aren’t as much as someone else’s’ or feel worried about asking for help. But if what’s going on is effecting you in a bad way then do it! Having someone there who didn’t judge, who gave me time, who really listened and understood where I was coming from made the world of difference for me. She didn’t tell me how to do things, instead she encouraged me to find my own way and supported me every step of the way.  

Natasha

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