A NEW NHS service is providing essential support for parents in Warrington and Halton.

Halton and Warrington Baby and Infant Bonding Support (BIBS) focuses on building trusting and supportive relationships between parents and their babies.

BIBS offers appointments at a range of locations within the community, including within parents’ homes.

The team comprises two highly-specialised child psychotherapists – Jane Turner and Sarah Fielding.

Jane said: “Pregnancy, birth and caring for a new baby can be a challenging and confusing time for any mum or dad. Sometimes things can get in the way of enjoying your relationship with your baby.

“Our new service aims to help parents have a positive relationship with their baby, which can support their baby’s social and emotional development.”

Sheila McHale, head of families, children and mental health at NHS Halton CCG, said: “Established from birth, a secure bond between parents and their baby is vital for children’s development. In listening to what parents have told us, we know that some parents find it easy to bond with their child, whilst others find it more difficult or that it takes more time.

"Our Baby and Infant Bonding Support will work with parents to help them learn to connect with their child in an understanding and reassuring environment.”

BIBS accepts referrals for parents during pregnancy and up to six months after their baby’s birth.

To access BIBS, parents must be registered with a GP in Halton or Warrington and referrals must be made by a health professional working with the parent or parents, such as a GP, health visitor or midwife.

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