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A postnatal support service for new parents in Lichfield and Burntwood is celebrating its first birthday. The Post-birth Buddies initiative was set up in 2015 to offer specialised psychological support to both women and men. Rebecca Southall, clinical lead at Prohealth UK which is funding the project along with the Lichfield District Partnership, said: “While having a baby can be a wonderful experience for some, for too many families it can also be overshadowed with anxiety, doubt, irrational thoughts, sleep deprivation, fear and the after-effects of traumatic birth, all of which can lead to depression. “Over the past year our service has directly supported 45 new parents in groups or one-to-one counselling, and over 100 other parents via our online resources. We help them to work through their concerns, identify alternative coping strategies and gain a greater sense of resilience and understanding.” Post-birth Buddies offers a six-week group programme for families in Lichfield and Burntwood, as well as online support and one-to-one sessions where necessary. For more details on the project, email or call 01543 480360.


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