“I first saw the advert in the local paper, I remember reading it and thinking “ I could do that”. I spent the next 3 days pondering over it. I rang them, attended a meeting and the rest is history. 18 months on I have supported 3 mums and attended 1 birth. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride but an amazing experience and one I am proud to be part of”.

Sonia Plaster
Birth Buddy and mum to Jamie 20, KIrsty 17 and Mia Lily 6

Parents 1st Volunteers

I want to be one

If you are interested in becoming a Pregnancy Pal or Birth Buddy, it is important to think about what is involved and whether you could commit to carrying out the role.

Please note that at present we are only funded to recruit new volunteers who live in the Basildon and Canvey Island area but we hope to be able to expand soon.

There are lots of things to consider so please browse our website further to decide whether it might be for you. The time commitment can vary from week to week depending on the needs of the expectant parents you will be supporting.  If you decide you would like to express an interest in being a Pregnancy Pal or Birth Buddy, you can fill out an enquiry form or simply contact us.

I want to meet one           

We offer a service that we feel can help bridge the gap between parents-to-be and professionals. Our aim is to enable you to experience the best possible pregnancy and to feel confident as a new parent by supporting you through pregnancy, birth and 6 weeks after your baby is born.

If you feel you could benefit from our service or want further information then please continue to browse our website.  If you then decide you would like a Pregnancy Pal or Birth Buddy, you can fill out a self-referral or simply contact us.