YMCA Norfolk seeks to support new parents

A free wellness program has been launched to help support new parents who gave birth during the coronavirus pandemic.

The YMCA Norfolk Families and Communities team runs six-week online workshops focusing on the needs of post-natal parents and new families.

Parents attending the sessions hosted by Little Dots Norwich, which will run until June of next year, will have the chance to learn about massage techniques and practice baby massage. Baby yoga sessions are also available.

The program came about after staff at the YMCA Norfolk identified a need for support among parents who missed out on the regular perinatal support provided – due to pressure on the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Marie Whiteland, Senior Family Engagement Worker at YMCA Norfolk, said: “The YMCA recognizes that the pandemic has been particularly difficult for pregnant women and new families.

“Health fears, combined with several blockages and restrictions, have led to social isolation and increased anxiety for many.

“When we found out about the Norfolk Community Foundation’s Perinatal, Mental Health and Wellness Fund, we immediately knew we wanted to get involved.”

Other online courses running into the New Year include “Calm, Confident Birth and Beyond” and “The Perinatal Practical Guide for New Families”. All classes are relaxed and easy to follow with weekly review as well as time for informal discussion with parents.

The overall objective of the program is to make perinatal support as accessible as possible after a difficult year for parents and to help new families think about postnatal preparation.

Engagement Agents will work with parents to determine the best way to seek help after birth, how to deal with relationship difficulties, how to deal with the pressures of social media and other barriers to parental well-being. positive that have been identified.

She added, “We strive to have plenty of online forums to discuss all things perinatal including baby growth and development, maternal and father mental health, CBT techniques to fight against negative and worrying thoughts, financial advice and much more.

All classes are free.

Email [email protected] to book a class or for more details.

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