New mothers & parents of new-borns
Looking after your mental wellbeing isn’t just important for you, it is important for your baby too. They might just be tiny, but they can pick up on your stress. You might feel a lot of pressure to care for your new baby, pressure that feels stronger due to the coronavirus outbreak. You might be worried about other things as well, like the health of loved ones, your job, or getting sick yourself.
For advice and support:
Perinatal Mental Health Team – a specialist multi-disciplinary team providing care and treatment for women who live in Gloucestershire. To contact the team please ring 01452 894952.
A 24 hour, 7 day a week helpline is now available for anyone in Gloucestershire experiencing mental health distress and needing urgent support or advice. The service is available by ringing 0800 169 0398. The line is staffed by mental health professionals who can offer guidance and advice.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text Shout 85258.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has information for women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus who have recently given birth. The information includes advice on breastfeeding.
Homestart - Coronavirus is placing the greatest strain on families who are already vulnerable, including those already isolated, facing financial hardship and mental health challenges. Parents are struggling to get the nappies or food they need for their babies. Mothers and fathers with new babies are isolated at home with no one to help them through the first uncertain weeks. Ring Homestart on 01453 297 470.