Many parents find it difficult to access support with their health and their child's health. Waiting lists are long and the internet is full of conflicting advice for parents, it can be hard to find accurate individual advice and information.
I set up The Parent Platform CIC as I had many challenges as a new mum with my health and my baby's.
My pregnancy was deemed as high risk and my baby could have been stillborn. Throughout my pregnancy I developed depression and anxiety and had to have a psychological assessment.
My baby was misdiagnosed with tongue tie and she was in consistently hungry for 10 weeks. I had difficulty feeding my baby as she could not breastfeed and bottle feeding was difficult.
My baby did not sleep for more than 2 hours at any one time and I was extremely sleep deprived for 9 months until I hired a Sleep Consultant and I was in despair.
I neglected my health, diet and exercise during early motherhood. I was in pain for 2 years and after I sought the advice go the NHS I was diagnosed with pelvic joint dysfunction by a private Chiropractor/Physiotherapist.
I hired many private services to support my health and the health of my baby, which was costly.
The Parent Platform CIC hosts free live interactive advice and information events with a range of leading UK specialist who parents can speak to directly and receive an individual response.
The funds raised will pay to manage the page ongoing and to find new ways to support parents with more aspects of parenting, health and life.
This current offer benefits parents throughout the UK, it is provided free of charge addressing unmet needs. In addition, raises awareness of specialist private practice that parents may commission if they chose, thus, supporting many independent enterprises. Feedback gained over the last two years confirms this is a valuable service with a positive impact on family lives and we suspect this has resulted in a reduction of NHS appointments, however, we will look to quantify this in the future.
We aim to improve the quality of life of young families with a focus on physical health, mental health, finances and employability. Through discussions with a local university we plan to assess this with the use of validated measures and would build this into future service evaluation.
We see our activity as reducing demand on statutory services as well as supporting self employed independent specialists. As parents ourselves we welcome more information and options for help with raising young children and provide free and costed services to a wider audience.