YWCA Bristol has been granted funding from the Department of Health. The funding is to provide an innovative early intervention service for women screened as having mild antenatal depression or at high risk of post natal depression. The service will run from 2010-2013 and will provide social space, health promotion group work and complimentary therapies. It will also provide specialist group therapy for women with high anxiety attached to their forthcoming birth. This may be due to previous traumatic birth experience or having previously experienced neonatal bereavement. The service will be based in a house, situated on a health park in an area of high deprivation and health inequality. We are seeking to raise money to furnish the house as it is unfurnished and water damaged. We are negotiating with Bristol City Council to repair the damage to the premises and hope to source additional support to furnish the house to be a welcoming, homely and embracing environment. An environment where women can relax, connect with their baby, access peer support and embrace motherhood.
Below is their wish list, with estimated costs if the furnishings have to be bought rather than donated:
Paint and equipment: £400
Chairs for breast feeding: £1000
Soft furnishings and dressings (cushions, lamps etc) £500