If you’re a new mum, you might sometimes feel like you need extra support as you adjust to motherhood and overcome one or more postnatal issues. Here are a number of postnatal support services that you might need within a few days, weeks or months of giving birth.
Hertfordshire Postnatal Support Services
East Hertfordshire & Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Support Network
Stevenage, Welwyn and Hatfield, Harlow and surrounding area
If you are in England’s East Hertfordshire or surrounding areas, this growing support network can assist those who are affected by, caring for or educating someone with an FASD. Bimonthly informal discussions are held in a supportive environment. They also provide links to resources for those seeking support services in the area.
East Herts District Twins & Multiple Club
Hertford Heath Village Hall, London Road, SG13 7RH
Support group for families and expectant mothers of twins and other multiple births. Join the group for a cuppa and a chat, support and advice every Tuesday at 9:45-11.45am (during term time). Toys provided to keep children of all ages entertained. Craft activities and a snack available. They run two family parties a year, and monthly nights out for the mums or dads too! Affiliated with TAMBA – National Twins Club.
EFT Transformation for Women
Kings Langley, South Herts wd4
EFT is an easy to learn, powerful technique that can release fears and other negative emotional states quickly and effectively. Often traumas from specific events typically need only a handful of sessions to clear, usually permanently. EFT can also be used to clear the underlying emotional causes of physical issues, thereby dramatically increasing the chances of physical healing. Programmes available for new mums, to help with birth trauma and managing sleep issues.
For Baby’s Sake – Domestic Support Service from the Stefanou Foundation
Stevenage, North Herts, Welwyn Garden City or Hatfield
For Baby’s Sake is an innovative, groundbreaking, therapeutic programme aimed at protecting babies from the impact of domestic abuse and breaking harmful patterns in relationships. Highly trained and qualified professionals will support mothers and fathers to bring an end to domestic abuse, overcome the impact of trauma, abuse or other significant difficulties in their own childhood and support their baby’s early development from pregnancy to age 2. For parents aged 17 years, less than 28 weeks into a pregnancy, and who either want to stop being violent, abusive or controlling or bring an end to domestic abuse and harmful patterns in relationships. Safety is always a priority. Sessions will take place in parents’ homes or in local venues like children’s centres at times to suit parents. Childcare and travel costs can be provided to allow parents to take part.
Hertfordshire Community Perinatal Team
The Community Perinatal Team (CPT) supports mums to be, new mums and families who are likely to, or are experiencing problems during the perinatal period. Support can be provided from the beginning of pregnancy until your child’s first birthday and is available for mums and partners too. Pre-conception counselling is also available for women who have previously had a serious mental illness and want to get advice about managing risks and treatments before they become pregnant. Support available includes: Consultation with a specialist doctor; Advice about medication and its safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding; Specialist psychological therapies; Additional support from specialist perinatal workers; Birth care planning: and Pre-conception counselling. Parents are referred by a professional such as a GP, midwife, health visitor, or children’s centre staff). For more information or to discuss your referral, contact 0300 124 0939 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).
Dacorum – East Herts – North Herts – St Albans – Stevenage – Welwyn Hatfield
Home-Start Herts is a children’s charity and empowering-visionary family support service, built on trusted relationships and rooted in the community. They are a local family charity that offers emotional and practical support to parents with at least one child under 12. Our team of trained volunteers visit families in their own home, building trusted relationships and providing focused support that is tailored to the family’s individual needs. Get in touch whether you’re looking to get support or to volunteer.
01438 36 77 88
National Childbirth Trust (Cheshunt and Broxbourne)
If you are thinking of having a baby, are pregnant, or are parents of younger children, you could benefit from the work of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in Cheshunt and Broxbourne. The NCT is a charitable organisation offering information and support in all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, and the local branch covers Cheshunt, Broxbourne and surrounding areas. All activities are usually free and open to members and non-members.
National Childbirth Trust (St Albans and District)
Offering opportunities to meet other parents at Bumps and Babies sessions, events such as the Strawberry Tea, Cheeky Monkeys Tea Party and Christmas Party, and regular coffee mornings in your area of St Albans. They also run Baby & Child First Aid Courses.
0300 330 0700
National Childbirth Trust (Watford and District)
NCT Watford is a large but friendly branch covering Watford, Bushey, Elstree, Croxley, The Langleys and all areas between. On their website, you can find details of antenatal courses, first aid courses, Nearly New Sales and regular social events. Please feel free to come along to any of the events; they would love to meet you and your bump or baby!
National Childbirth Trust (Welwyn and Hatfield)
Offering support before, during and after your baby arrives; whether or not you attend NCT antenatal courses. There are opportunities to meet up, make friends and share experiences. They aim to provide a mixture of events and activities for both children and parents.
National Childbirth Trust (Herts North)
Offering support before, during and after your baby arrives; whether or not you attend NCT antenatal courses. There are opportunities to meet up, make friends and share experiences. They aim to provide a mixture of events and activities for both children and parents. As well as running antenatal classes, they provide postnatal and breastfeeding support via local individuals and their Baldock Breastfeeding Cafe.
The YC Hertfordshire Plus One Programme – Support for Young Parents and Parents-to-Be
Broxbourne/East Herts, Hemel Hempstead, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford, Welwyn/Hatfield
The YC Hertfordshire Plus One Programme supports young parents and parents-to-be and enables them to gain valuable employability skills and confidence to progress to the next stage of their lives. Participants gain a City and Guilds Employability Skills qualification which will help them to progress to further education, training or employment. The Plus One programme also contains elements which help the young parents grow in confidence and cope with the new challenges of being a parent. The programme is for young mums and dads, and young mums and dads-to-be who live in Hertfordshire and are aged 14-21 (up to the age of 24 if they have a learning disability).
Call Debbie Fitzgerald on 01992 588855 or email: [email protected].