Pregnancy Service Peer Support

Leo’s have been awarded funding from Tees, Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to run a 12 month pilot project, providing lived experience support to families who have had a neonatal stay or neonatal loss and are in a subsequent pregnancy, and those who are pregnant and at a high risk of a neonatal stay.

At Leo’s, we understand first-hand how daunting a pregnancy can be after a neonatal admission, or upon hearing that your baby or babies will need a neonatal stay.

We are passionate in providing care to families who are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, worried, with positive peer support.

Peer support is working with someone who understands and empathises with what you have been through, or are going through to help make your world feel a little less heavy.

Anxiety in pregnancy can feel lonely, there is sometimes the feeling that you should be ‘happy’ and ‘excited’, and we understand you may not be feeling that way – and that’s ok.

The peer support in our Pregnancy Service offers you a safe, non-judgemental place to talk openly about your thoughts and feelings, as well as learning how to cope with them, and learning new strategies to support you.

This support can take place in your home, in a place you feel most comfortable (e.g. a coffee shop, park), via a telephone call, or virtually via Zoom.

We can offer support before or after clinical appointments, increase support around potential dates you may struggle with in your pregnancy and provide advocacy support.

The peer support can begin at pre-conception, continue all through your pregnancy, and if you require a neonatal stay, we’ll be there all through that too. If you don’t need a neonatal stay we will work with you until you are ready for discharge.

If you would like to access this care, please click here…

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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