Hayley's story

When Ellie was born four years ago, her Mum Hayley had suffered severe post-natal depression following a difficult birth, an experience which was difficult to forget. There were times when Hayley had been in such a low state she had considered suicide.

Hayley was matched up with Annette, a volunteer ‘birth buddy’, who would be there with her every step of the way during pregnancy, birth and the early months after her baby was born.

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Emma's story

Emma had experienced depression in the past as well as postnatal depression following the birth of her first baby. When her midwife referred her for peer support, she was starting to feel low again but did not want to take medication.


As is sometimes the case, Emma did not gel with the first volunteer she was matched with. A second volunteer was found however and their relationship flourished.

She was nice, easy to talk to. I should have asked for help earlier. Would have liked the second volunteer from the beginning."



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