Peri Natal Wellbeing – Funded by Aziz Foundation

Inter Madrassah Organisation (IMO) are delighted to announce a new free service in Blackburn with Darwen, funded by the Aziz Foundation. The “Perinatal Wellbeing Programme” will commence shortly after Ramadhan 2018. IMO are excited to run this programme for women who have suffered from maintaining a stable mental state during and following pregnancy, namely through the “Perinatal” period.

For women who have recently received news of becoming pregnant or have recently had a child, IMO are looking to ensure these women have the opportunity to feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings in a comfortable environment, as well as providing the opportunity to become socially included and validated within their own communities. Research suggests that women who are in the perinatal period are at risk of becoming isolated, feeling withdrawn and becoming unsociable, as well as losing the desire and motivation to remain active or have a social life that keeps them feeling empowered and valued.

IMO appreciate this need is not being met in the community to the levels that women in the ethnic minority communities require and will be tackling this problem at the source, allowing the women to take control of their emotional wellbeing, as IMO recognise that there are women that will do everything they can to ensure they do not start struggling with mental health problems.

We hope to make this opportunity become a reality and provide the women with their own space and time to share their experiences and learn from others in a peer to peer-facilitated group-based programme, where sessions will be provided to increase their knowledge of problems that they could face, as well as facilitating sessions that are group led and person-centred, fulfilling the wishes and needs of women wanting to engage in various activities and build therapeutic relationships with peers who have had similar experiences in life.

The activities will provide room for early recognition of symptoms and signposting to assist early intervention where necessary. Activities can include baking, henna painting, cooking, going for walks and much more. Providing a therapeutic environment and comfortable setting for them to express themselves, their thoughts and feelings.

IMO now have a professionally qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) who has joined our expanding team with inpatient and crisis experience, to assist with and facilitate the programme, from whom professional advice and support can also be sought. Above all, we see the programme promoting a ‘prevention approach’ to the local BAME communities when addressing their mental and emotional wellbeing and providing an alternative to feeling stuck in the home, or feeling that there is nothing out there to support them. We believe that hospital admission may be reduced or even prevented with the small but effective steps that we will be taking in the community.

For more information and contact details please see poster.