Based in Forth Valley and East Lothian, we help mums struggling with anxiety and depression in pregnancy, and after their baby is born.
We match them up with highly-trained perinatal befrienders. They offer emotional support to help tackle poor mental health and wellbeing.
Our befrienders are there for them while they are pregnant, and until their baby is one. This relationship helps mum, her partner and immediate family as a result. We aim to improve parents’ mental health, reduce social isolation and promote healthy attachments between baby and parents.
If you are pregnant and answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, our service could help you.
- Worried about bonding with your baby?
- Concerned about perinatal depression/anxiety?
- Diagnosed with mild to moderate perinatal depression/anxiety?
- Losing interest in things?
- Feeling really slowed down?
- Staying at home a lot?
- Feeling unable to or worried about going out?
- Feeling anxious or stressed about things they normally would not be?
- Suffered mild to moderate depression/anxiety in the past?
- On medication for depression/anxiety?
- Feeling alone?
- Do you have limited support networks?
- Experienced difficulties during pregnancy?
- Found birth traumatic?
We also take referrals from GPs, midwives, health visitors and other agencies.
Our service was evaluated by the University of Stirling. Read their findings.
We are looking to add to our team of Perinatal Befrienders. If you have a few spare hours each week and are a great listener, we’d love to hear from you. Find out more about being a Perinatal Befriender.
Aberlour Early Years Outreach
c/o Laurieston Campus
Falkirk FK2 9PB