Antenatal & Baby Programmes

Preparing for Baby Programme

The Preparing for Baby Programme is a social education model in partnership with Psychologists, Public Health Nurses, statutory & voluntary organisations.

It is a three week programme (2 hour sessions per week) and is delivered in Community and Health Settings.

The aim of this programme is to increase parental knowledge, confidence and competence in a relaxed environment.

Sessions include:

  • Communicating with your Baby
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Relaxation Exercises

This programme is facilitated by 2 trained Group Leaders in Community and Health Settings.


Incredible Years® Parent & Baby Programme

The Incredible Years® Parent & Baby Programme is delivered to parents whose babies are 3 months old with the babies also attending the sessions.

This is a 16 week community-based programme.

8 of the sessions are the Incredible Years® Parents & Babies Programme.

The other 8 sessions provide other supports that new parents and their babies need at this time including Baby Massage and Paediatric First Aid.

In this programme parents learn how to understand their babies and communicate with them.

In the Parent & Baby Programme, parents learn how to:

  • Help their babies feel loved, safe and secure
  • Encourage their babies’ physical and language development

The parenting group format fosters peer support networks and shared learning. Trained Incredible Years® Group Leaders use video clips of real-life situations to support the training and stimulate group discussions.

Parents practice skills with their babies in the group.

The Incredible Years® Parent & Baby Programme sessions include:

  • Getting to Know Your Baby (0-3 months)
  • Babies as Intelligent Learners (3-6 months)
  • Providing Physical, Tactile and Visual Stimulation
  • Parents Learning to Read Babies’ Minds
  • Gaining Support
  • Babies’ Emerging Sense of Self (6-12 months)

The wraparound sessions include:

  • Weaning
  • Baby Massage
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Safety
  • Oral Health
  • Return to Work

This programme is run in partnership with Public Health Nurses and Community Groups and facilitated by trained Group Leaders. Both the parents and their babies attend all sessions.

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