Journey to Parenthood is an antenatal programme that supports mothers to adapt to the changes of becoming a mother and provides the opportunity to ask questions about what to expect throughout pregnancy and beyond. The programme helps both parents to think about the kind of parents they want to be and supports them to understand the developmental needs of their baby as they grow and develop. Parents are encouraged to think about the kind of support they would like during labour and delivery as well as learning how they can get to know their child before they are even born!
Length of programme: 6 weeks (2 hours per week).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This group is for pregnant women and their partners who would like additional support and information about pregnancy, labour and caring for their baby. It is recommended that the mother should be between 26-34 weeks pregnant at the date of session one.
- How to plan and prepare for labour & what to expect during the birth.
- Managing pain relief and learning relaxation skills.
- How to feed and care for your baby.
- Begin to build a relationship with your developing baby.
WHERE & WHEN ARE THE GROUPS DELIVERED?
Programmes are typically delivered in Islington Children’s Centres (on a regular rolling basis).
HOW DO I GET ONTO THIS GROUP?
Refer to the parenting programme timetable for details of the next programme. www.islington.gov.uk/parentingprogrammes
To book onto this programme parents should speak to their Midwife or other professional involved in their care. Alternatively, the Journey to Parenthood team can be contacted directly. Parents cannot join the group after session two as the group is then closed to new people.
WHO DO I CONTACT?
Journey to Parenthood Coordinator:
Pippa Clare (Family Support Worker) - 07826 904521 Pippa.Clare@islington.gov.uk
Journey to Parenthood Team - 07887627231 firstname.lastname@example.org