Our research shows that mothers and fathers commonly choose to work on the following things with their peer supporter:
  1. Getting to know others in their local community;
  2. Keeping well during pregnancy;
  3. Bonding with baby;
  4. Economic wellbeing;
  5. Preparing to be a parent;
  6. Emotional wellbeing;
  7. Physical wellbeing;
  8. Preparing for labour and birth;
  9. Confident breastfeeding;
  10. Feeling supported in their personal relationship
  11. Their housing situation.

To find out whether things are improving, we ask mothers and fathers to answer some simple questions about these 11 issues at 3 key stages during their peer support journey:
  1. When the peer support starts (during pregnancy);
  2. Towards the end of the pregnancy; and 
  3. Three months after the birth.

The results so far 
  • 78% of parents show a positive change;

  • When comparing answers during pregnancy with those at three months after the birth there are no negative changes and there are positive changes for 93% (highly statistically significant); 

  • 70% had improved access local services and 67% had improved communication with professionals involved in their care (highly statistically significant).