Whether it’s round the corner or faraway, phone, face-time, text, email or Skype, support can make all the difference. Asking for help can be hard but employing technology is sometimes easier if you are feeling wobbly. You are not alone!
It might be that your partner seeks support on your behalf if you are feeling fragile. Chat about a list of questions before he makes a call, so you don’t have to shout in the background.
Getting out of the house can feel like a mountain to climb, but can refresh both you and baby and reconnect with the human race. Fresh air is good for mum and baby and can give you some much needed headspace..
If things are beginning to get on top of you speak to your GP or health visitor – they are there to support you and your baby.
Seek out someone you trust, whoever that might be, and ask them to help you find the support you need. Here are some options:
- Health visitor
- Friends who have had babies
- Support groups
- Baby group volunteers
- Breastfeeding counsellor
- Antenatal friends
- Antenatal teacher
- Children’s centres
- Maybe your mother in law
- Parent and toddler groups: these can be daunting, so take your mum or a friend along with you and remember that all the mums there have been where you are at right now
- Nursery nurse
- Breastfeeding peer supporter
- Postnatal groups
Need a helping hand? Homestart is the UK’s leading family support charity. With thousands of volunteers, they offer friendship and practical help to families.
The NCT runs many drop-in events and you do not need to be a member.
Sure Start Children’s Centres provide a variety of advice and support for all parents and carers from pregnancy right until your child goes into reception class.
Some other local organisations may offer support, a hot drink and a means to make new friends. Many of these are based in local church halls, are non-religious and run drop-in parent and baby/toddler groups for all, with no expectation of you joining their religion.
ONE PARENT FAMILIES
Gingerbread 0800 018 5026 (helpline, Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, with extended opening to 8pm on Wed). A national charity for single parent families. Offers a range of support services direct to single parents.