The difference peer support can make

Informal peer support offers a unique and invaluable contribution to achieving healthier pregnancies, better births and happier babies.

It can reduce pressure on public services by being embedded alongside maternity and early years services.

The resources and approach we are sharing on this website are based on clear and strong evidence of what works across the UK and other countries too.

Having a baby should be an exciting life changing event but for some this is not always the case for a range of reasons.

Every mother and father is different and has different needs. Some have experienced depression or have suffered abuse in the past; others may need support as they have had a traumatic birth or not experienced good parenting themselves or are without a supportive partner."

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Support from carefully recruited volunteers through pregnancy, birth and beyond has been proven to have clear benefits to the wellbeing of mothers, fathers, partners and babies.

Parents are not the only ones to benefit however; volunteers frequently describe their volunteering experience as 'life changing'.

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