Perinatal Support Service

Mums, Parenting and Families 

What is the Perinatal Support Service? 

‘Perinatal’ means the time around a baby’s birth. The Perinatal Support Service offers support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health and wellbeing or where they have been diagnosed with a low to moderate level perinatal mental illness. We can also support families when their personal circumstances mean they may be vulnerable to developing a perinatal mental illness. We work closely with midwives, health visitors, GPs, Children’s Centres and specialist perinatal teams to enhance what is available to families. The service will provide parents with a dedicated trained volunteer who will offer emotional support and helpto access other services in the community. For more information please visit 


Family Action Lambeth Perinatal Support Service – be part of a service that is changing lives in your community 

Did you know that  one in six women is known to be affected by mental distress during pregnancy or following childbirth? If not dealt with, these mental health issues, , can affect the relationship between mother and child and impact on a child’s long-term development*                     

What is the Perinatal Support Service? 

Perinatal means the time around the birth.  We work with families from before the baby is born to one year the birth after depending on need. We offer early low intensity intervention for those with low level (mild to moderate) mental health issues or who are at risk of developing mental health issues in the perinatal period. We work closely with, and get referrals from, health visitors, GPs, midwives, children centres and existing perinatal teams. The service is led by a professional coordinator with social care or early years background, support outreach workers and an administrative worker. The service runs with support provided by a team of volunteer befrienders.

 Why we need you!   

Maternal depression can turn into a lifelong illness if not dealt with and it is proven to increase risks to the unborn child and the safe development of the new baby. Supporting the mother (and father, as well as other family members where possible) and the developing infant through this period is recognised to be a key time for intervention in order to mitigate the negative outcomes.  People that have used our service have told us that they often find it easier talking to volunteer befrienders as they aren’t ‘professionals’ -  they are just people who listen and want to help. They value having support from someone who lives in their local community and/or may have experienced similar difficulties themselves. 

To find out more about volunteering and all volunteering opportunities available at Family Action, please visit  

Befriending and Mentoring - for the Lambeth Perinatal Support Service- as above 

. *‘Out of the blue? - Motherhood and Depression’, Mind 2006


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