More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for women during pregnancy and one year after birth. And many more experience post-partum anxiety, loneliness and isolation that goes undiagnosed and can feel overwhelming. We feel passionately about providing a space, accessible for everyone that supports, listens and understands.
Research shows us that peer to peer support groups, and safe, non-judgemental spaces to talk about all the difficult things, as well as the successes, is pivotal in preventing and alleviating the symptoms of mental health conditions. We created Becoming Mums as a space for those safe, honest, non-judgemental and often funny conversations, facilitated by other mums and parents, who welcome you exactly as you are, wherever you are in your journey and however you're feeling.
You don't have to be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition to come to our groups, they're there for everyone; we all need to get out of the house, meet other people and feel part of a community. We know that mum and baby groups can often feel lonely and focussed on your baby rather than you. We have made a space that is fun and engaging for children, but is designed to be all about you.
We also welcome your input, this space is for you and shaped by you. If there are issues you particularly want to discuss, or topics you want to find out more about, let us know.
If you are, or someone you know is, experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition and need urgent support, please contact the Berkshire Perinatal Mental Health team, via your GP, Health Visitor or Home Start team. You'll find other useful links and organisations here.