Being pregnant and having a new baby is an amazing experience that at times can be overwhelming and isolating. Many families in Queens park are unable to pay for additional antenatal classes and the extra confidence, knowledge, friendship and support these can bring.
Your support will help us to pilot a free course and pay for expert trainers to deliver information and guidance to help families in Queens Park give their babies the best start in life.
What is the problem?
Working with families in Queens Park, we have discovered how little support there is during pregnancy for people on a low income. This leaves some new parents overwhelmed, isolated and not knowing where to turn for help, with serious repercussions for the long-term health and mental wellbeing of both baby and carers.
What we want to do
We want to pilot a course that gives expectant parents in Queens Park the support they need but cannot afford. But we need your help to do it.
What your money will pay for
We need 50 people to donate £20 each to run free antenatal classes in Queens Park . Your support will help us to rewrite the story for 10 new parents in Queens Park by giving them the support they need to feel confident and empowered. It will pay for expert trainers to deliver information and guidance on key topics not covered sufficiently in existing free antenatal classes including:
-Practical birth skills and pain relief
-Breastfeeding, the benefits and how to prepare
-Baby first aid and CPR
-Emotional and mental wellbeing
These sessions will also bring together new parents from the community for 6 weekly sessions, giving them a real opportunity to bond and form a support network.
What difference will this make?
"My team have been delighted to hear of your classes and the support they will bring for women"
Margarita Lopez Liesa, Midwifery Team Leader
These courses are an investment in our future.
We know that when new parents have the right support, they are more likely to make better decisions around their health and that of their babies, more likely to know when and where to go for support and avoid serious health issues now and throughout the baby's life. They will not only be connected to formal support but also build informal support networks that can make all the difference at this important time.
Through this project and our other work, we hope to tackle the huge health inequalities facing this area, where life expectancy is 11 years lower than neighbouring, more affluent areas.