With Mothers’ Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to appreciate and reflect on the extra challenges faced by parents throughout the pandemic and lockdowns. New mums and mums-to-be have had to navigate changes to the way in which support has been offered.
We hope everyone in this situation has been able to access the support they need. We’d like to highlight some local resources which continue to offer services and signposting to mums, parents, and families:
Birmingham Community Healthcare (BCHC):
BCHC Children’s and Families services are accepting new referrals into all of the services and all referrals are being triaged. Clinical contact will continue via the telephone / video link where possible. See BCHC’s extensive PDF here, or the BCHC website here, for details of how to access a range of local family support services.
Birmingham Forward Steps (BFS):
Birmingham Forward Steps provide health and wellbeing services for babies and children up to five years old. While some of their services have been limited by coronavirus restrictions, they still offer signposting and information to help families. Their overview of services covering a range of topics is listed on their website here, including ways to continue to access antenatal support and advice for infant feeding here. In-person breastfeeding support sessions have been particularly missed during the last year of restrictions, but help is still available through BFS virtual support sessions: see this PDF for more information.
Hall Green Families
The Hall Green Families team are able to take referrals from community professionals and self referrals from families in the Hall Green area, including Moseley, who are in need of support. See their website here for more information.