One of the many ways we can look after you, whether you are in your pregnancy, in the neonatal unit, or at home, is through peer support.
But, what is peer support?
Peer support is talking to someone (we call them mentors) who has been sat where you are, they may have not been in the exact same situation as you, but they can understand your feelings.
Our mentors all have lived neonatal experience, not only that, they also have something very special called ‘lived expertise’. This means, they don’t just use their own experiences to support you, they use what they have learned from all the other families they have cared for, to help you.
Sometimes, talking to someone who ‘just gets it’ can be a huge relief, especially with how turbulent life can be within neonatal care, pregnancy or when you are home.
When you come in and receive care from Leo’s, it’s tailored completely to your needs. Peer support offers a safe and reassuring place for positive conversations and helping you on your journey.
There’s loads of ways they can help too! From practical support such as, if you’re struggling to leave home for fear of germs, they can come with you when you feel ready to leave, if your anxiety is really bad they can support with grounding techniques and mindfulness, if you’re worried about coming to groups, they can do home visits so your child doesn’t miss out.
Our team are highly trained in lots of different ways, head on over to meet the team to find out all about them!
And if you’d like to refer in for some support, just click on the make a referral button on the home page.
Here’s some examples of peer support at Leo’s! From dual visits where two mentors attend a family home, one mentor offering peer support to the parent and another providing an activity such as sensory based yoga to support the neonatal graduate, outdoor peer support with parents and children, and specialist activities to occupy little people during a mentoring session, our team are here to support you!