Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a life-changing event. For many, it is a very welcome, exciting time but unfortunately, that is not always the same for everyone.
From years of research and experience, we know that perinatal peer support makes a unique and special contribution to the wellbeing of mothers, fathers, babies and families, and this is why at Parents 1st we have developed a new website to help peer support programmes flourish in every community.
It can be daunting to get a new peer support programme off the ground and to keep it going. Our new website guides you through every stage of the journey with useful tips, guidance and a wealth of free resources that have been generously shared by our programme in Essex and adapted and put into action by our affiliate programmes in the Isle of Dogs and Derby.
Based on clear and strong evidence of what works across the UK, and other countries too, these tools will help you to ‘hit the ground running’ as well as create a place where practitioners, volunteers and parents can connect and share ideas, resources and experiences too.

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