Perinatal Access to Resources and Support (PEARS)

North West CoastReproductive Health and Childbirth
Published Date: 13 Jul 2017

Perinatal Access to Resources and Support (PEARS)

Improving access to support for perinatal women through peer facilitation: a feasibility study with external pilot. Women’s psychological health and wellbeing matters throughout life but is particularly important during pregnancy and subsequently, postnatally. A pregnant woman’s psychological status does not just affect the woman, but also her developing infant, their connection and wider family relationships. At this phase of life, any assistance offered has the potential for preventing future difficulties for women, their families and society as a whole. Across the UK, there are many health and community resources available, however it is well documented that in more sociallydeprived areas, women often do not feel able to access these resources which results in both the mother and her family not gaining potential benefits, leading to inequalities in society.