“I heard about the Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy course at a children centre's. I went along to a coffee evening and filled out an application form and a few weeks after I got a letter through the post with course dates.  


I felt a bit nervous on the first day of the course but felt more comfortable when I realised I had already met the tutors and some of the students at the coffee evening. Everyone got on really well and 18 months on I feel I have made some really good friends”

Emma Pawsey
Birth Buddy and mum Ryan aged 3

Other volunteer activities

As part of being a Parents 1st Volunteer there will be a range of other opportunities and activities available to you. Some of the possibilities are:

  • Outreach at Children’s Centres or GP Surgeries where Midwives are based – we meet with expectant parents to promote our programme, share information and signpost to other services
  • Fit 4 Mums-to-be exercise classes – an exercise programme specially designed to help expectant mums to be fit and healthy during pregnancy
  • Outreach at Basildon Hospital – we have a stand in the Maternity Unit to promote our programme and meet with expectant parents
  • Conferences – there are often local and national conferences that our volunteers are invited to attend with the aim of updating their knowledge and promoting Parents 1st