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There is good evidence in the literature of the benefits of peer support in the maternity setting, with benefits for mum and infant health (e.g. breastfeeding promotion, living with HIV, supporting women with postnatal depression). However, hospital-based antenatal clinics rarely integrate an organised peer support programme with routine care. Women come for 1:1 hospital-based appointments with healthcare professionals throughout their pregnancy, and do not have access to structured support outside these sessions to influence their own health. We want to test the idea of enhancing hospital appointment waiting experiences by turning the clinic waiting room into a peer support and networking area. Through facilitated discussion, provision of high quality information, signposting to relevant resources, and ongoing peer support through formation of online groups, women can be empowered to look after themselves and their babies. We would like to focus initially on groups of women such as women with BMI>30, women with mental health problems, women with twin pregnancy, older mums, women conceiving after fertility treatment, etc
How you can contribute
- Has anybody tried setting up peer support in the antenatal (hospital) setting, specifically running alongside clinics? What was your experience and what did you need to set it up?
- How do you get women (service users) in the room, and how do you encourage them to open up?