Expectant mums and dads in South Essex How do I make a referral? (Professionals) How do I make a referral? We welcome referrals of expectant mothers and fathers who live in the following areas: Basildon; Billericay; Wickford; Thurrock and; Canvey Island. How to refer: Online (secure): Online referral form (Please select 'I am a professional referring a parent' from the drop down menu) or; By telephone: 01268 525 758. Expectant parents can also self-refer Important: Refer as early as possible during the pregnancy; Consent must be given prior to referral; Inform us if you are aware of a potential risk to a volunteer; We are not a crisis service - we focus on a tier 2 level of need (sometimes tier 3 depending on individual circumstances); If you think an expectant mother might benefit, simply suggest that she meets us first before deciding – it’s less daunting. Expectant mothers and fathers may particularly benefit if they: Are first time parents; Are feeling isolated; Are facing language or cultural barriers; Have low emotional wellbeing or have previously suffered postnatal depression; Have a disability or medical condition that may impact on early family life; Had a previous traumatic birth, still birth, neonatal death or sudden infant death; Are facing housing or homeless issues; Are expecting a multiple birth. How we will respond to your referral: We will try to make contact with the expectant parent within 1 week of receiving your referral to agree a convenient time to make an informal visit (usually in their home); If the expectant parent decides it is for them, and if a Pregnancy Pal is available, we will make a suitable match and organise a first meeting; We will give you feedback about the outcome of your referral. If you would like to talk through the suitability of a referral do contact us.