Project MAMA offers one-to-one holistic support to displaced people through pregnancy, labour & birth and early parenting. In this series of blog posts, we share some insight on what our Mother Companions support can look to the mamas we support.
Project MAMA’s support spans from pregnancy to 8 weeks after mama has given birth. In the event that a mama gives birth to a baby prematurely, this can be extended to 12 weeks, to accommodate any additional need the mama and their babe might have.
Our postnatal support focuses on the new mama and is tailored to their needs, this could look like:
· Practical support, such as cleaning and tidying the home or holding the baby while mum takes a shower or rests
· We might walk with them or help them do the shopping (or go to the shops for them while they needs a rest)
· We visit parks & cafes to build confidence and supporting them in getting to know an area of the city that might be new to them
· By going to public spaces, we also support in building confidence in breastfeeding in public if the mama wishes to do so
· We might support them to attend a community baby group if they’re anxious to do this on their own
· Support with infant feeding or learning sleep cues, including learning to use a breast pump or a bottle steriliser
· Making referrals to partner agencies for baby items, such as Baby Bank Network
· We provide listening support to discuss anxieties, worries and/or successes
· We lead grounding exercises such as breathwork, postnatal yoga or movement
· We might help a mum to cook a nourishing meal and do some meal preparation & planning
Mamas are also invited to attend our lively MAMAhub throughout pregnancy and until her child is 2 years old. In some cases, a Mother Companion can accompany them for the first few times until they get acquainted with the place, the volunteers and other mamas who join us weekly. This follow-on support ensures they have a support network around them and access Project MAMA’s wider village.
Related post: What does our support look like before baby is born?, What does support look like during labour & birth?