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Parenting groups and courses

We run a number of free courses and groups to support parents in a range of venues across Westminster.

Published on: 16 February 2021

Last updated: 16 February 2021

Mellow Bumps

Stress, anxiety and depression in pregnancy can have bad, long-term effects on a child. A mother’s general and mental health during pregnancy is a prime indicator of the wellbeing of their baby. 

This 6-week programme helps mothers relax by focusing on what the baby can already do and how to make him or her welcome.

Pregnancy can be hard for mothers who haven't had a good childhood, are under stress or experiencing health problems. Meeting other mums and sharing ideas offers support and opportunities to address issues in the mother’s life as well as preparing for her baby.

Groups are:

  • small and held in a non-threatening environment
  • designed to help mothers feel welcome and respected
  • based on the Mellow Parenting principles
  • targeted to families with additional needs and 
  • for mothers between 20 and 30 weeks gestation (when the pregnancy is likely to be secure and mothers are likely to have felt foetal movements but before mothers become preoccupied by the impending delivery and pain relief)

Run by experienced practitioners, the structured programme introduces mothers to baby brain development and the social capacities of babies from birth. Mothers will also identify their own needs and how to get support in pregnancy and after the birth.

Users include families with intensive levels of need, including addiction issues, previous child protection concerns, teenage parents and mental health concerns including the effects of trauma, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse.

Engagement has been good with even very troubled mothers finding confidence and support in the Mellow Bumps group.