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Programme Overview

Welcome to the World

The Welcome to the World programme is an 8-week group for parents expecting a baby.

 

Parents attend the group from approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Topics include empathy and loving attentiveness, infant brain development, healthy eating choices, breast-feeding, infant care, managing stress and difficult feelings, promoting self-esteem and confidence, and the couple relationship.

Programme Summary

The Welcome to the World programme is an 8-week group for parents expecting a baby. Parents attend the group from approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy. Topics include empathy and loving attentiveness, infant brain development, healthy eating choices, breast-feeding, infant care, managing stress and difficult feelings, promoting self-esteem and confidence, and the couple relationship.

Programme Content

The programme focuses on the following areas:

  • Giving an opportunity to expectant parents to explore their roots, traditions, hopes and fears for the future

  • Developing strong communication between parents by sharing experiences and ideas

  • Increasing parent's reflective functioning and understanding of their baby: how he/she develops before and after birth, their physical and emotional needs, the importance of attunement, attachment and empathy

  • Increasing parents' understanding of their own emotional health and the need to nurture themselves to provide the best opportunities for the baby to grow and flourish

  • Enabling parents to think about their future as parents, a couple, a family

  • Increasing parents' understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding and the practical tasks of caring for a new baby

Outcomes For Parents & Children

  • Improving attunement and bonding

  • Improving parental wellbeing

  • Improving knowledge and skills in breast-feeding and practical care of babies

  • Parents reflect on their own values and their hopes and fears for the future, and begin to understand the needs and intentions of their baby

Parent Testimonials

‘I found it much better after doing the course. With [older child] I didn’t know what to do with him. I know there was a baby there and you know you’ve got to feed him, change him but I didn’t understand any of the interaction with him, that came much later. Whereas when it came to [baby], I knew what I was supposed to do.’

 

‘We thought we’d talked about everything but the course taught us to talk about more, discipline,

parenting styles—helpful discussions before the baby was born which we might not have had.’

 

‘It gets you thinking about stuff you haven’t thought about before. The emotional side, how you bring the

baby up. And it gets you a bit into how you were brought up.’

Resources For Parents

Impact & Evidence

 

Click link for evidence to support the effectiveness of the Welcome to the World programme and its outcomes for new parents and their baby.