Our Mindful Mums programme has been awarded further funding to support pregnant women and new mothers in the London boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich.
BLG Mind and Mindful Mums will:
- continue wellbeing groups and provide one-to-one befriending support in Bromley for another two years
- continue wellbeing groups in Lewisham for another year
- establish new wellbeing groups in Greenwich working in partnership with Mums Aid.
Over 600 Local Women Supported
Since launch in 2016, Mindful Mums has supported 600 mothers in Bromley and Lewisham boroughs to look after themselves and stay well during pregnancy and the first year after birth (often called the perinatal period). During this period, due to numerous changes in physical, social and economic factors, women can be more likely to experience mental health and emotional problems, regardless of their background and health history.
Mindful Mums runs wellbeing groups where women can learn about staying well, looking after themselves, during what is often a challenging and life-changing period of their lives. Mindful Mums groups are led by trained volunteers, with their own experiences of motherhood and managing their own health and wellbeing.
The groups cover topics such as:
- Busting myths around body image and being the ‘perfect’ mother
- Managing changes in personal identity and relationships
- Making new social connections and breaking routines
- Learning techniques to manage stress, tiredness, worry or low mood.
One Mindful Mums volunteer said,
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to speak with new mums and share experiences, challenges, joys and despairs. For the first time in a long while, I have felt useful, that I have possibly something to give from the experiences that I have had in my life. I have gained a sense of purpose and wellbeing from being able to volunteer and give something back to the community through supporting mothers, who I feel are the pivot of our community and society as a whole.
I got involved because I had a tough time after the birth of my first child. I felt completely out of control, like I was a rubbish mum and doing everything wrong, and I felt very lonely.
I believe that this programme helps mums to know that they are not alone, and that they are all doing a really good job, and that they need to have more confidence in themselves. I wanted to help other mums who might feel like I felt as it was not a nice place to be”.
Five-week Mindful Mums Wellbeing Groups run several times throughout the year and you can register your interest or book a place online.
One-to-One Befriending in Bromley
Bromley Mindful Mums also offers one-to-one befriending for pregnant women and new mums. This service provides pregnant women and new mums with regular, practical, social and listening support on a one-to-one basis, matching a pregnant woman or new mother with a trained Volunteer Befriender to help with things such as:
- accompanying the mum to a local group or out and about in the community
- provide non-judgemental space for them to talk about the highs and lows of pregnancy, birthing and motherhood
- assisting with tasks in the home
- finding out about and using other local services that can help.
Ben Taylor, Chief Executive of BLG Mind said,
“The Mindful Mums programme has been a huge success since it was launched. Women who access Mindful Mums tell us that they really value the social and peer support, improved confidence and learning new skills. We are delighted that new funding has been awarded funding to enable us to continue this important work across all three boroughs.”