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To complement our peer support service we also facilitate sessions which are delivered by experienced professionals.


Professional Support

Spoons is a needs-led service and provides individualised care based on the need of the family we are supporting. As so many of us involved with the charity have experienced neonatal care, we understand the needs and challenges facing families. We constantly engage with our stakeholders to find out what we can do to expand and improve on the professional support we offer.

Trauma Sensitive Therapy & Counselling

Studies suggest that more than 80% of mums of babies who have experienced neonatal care suffer from mental health issues, and the number of dads affected is increasing too. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is unfortunately very common and the effects can be debilitating. Acute stress response “Fight or Flight” generally kicks in immediately after a traumatic event. A difficult birth and having a premature or sick baby who needs medical intervention can definitely be described as a traumatic event. A neonatal experience is a stressful and anxious time for most parents and their focus is on the baby and keeping everything together. They often don’t have the capacity to think about the impact on their mental health.  For some parents this can result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder months or years later and the long term effects can be challenging. We aim to support the mental health of families who have experienced neonatal care, including bereaved parents. We work with trauma sensitive therapists and are able to refer parents for counselling or therapy which suits their needs. Our therapists are trained in hypnotherapy, counselling, EDMR and trauma sensitive yoga.

EMDR Therapy – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming

EMDR is very different to counselling and is not a talking therapy. The therapist will gently encourage you to recall traumatic events, whilst asking you to follow their finger with movements from  your eyes. It is not entirely clear how EMDR works but the process is thought to produce an advanced stage of REM  (Rapid Eye Movement) allowing the brain to process troubling thoughts and images.  The therapy doesn’t simply take away symptoms, it also addresses the past, present and future and achieves better emotional health.

If you are parent  of a baby who has experienced neonatal care in the Greater Manchester area we are able to offer you this service. Sessions are fully funded by Spoons and take place via face to face appointments, telephone or Zoom.

Below is a quote from one of our parents who has accessed the therapy sessions

Therapy with Janine through lockdown has been a blessing. I spent so much time before hand feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and tense. Feeling cooped up inside and not knowing how to take a moment for myself. Janine has been a life saver, friendly and professional and she has given me so many tips and tricks to help me through those moments when I feel particularly overwhelmed. She has also been a focus point for me each week, I have felt better just knowing that in a matter of days I would be having a session with her and would be able to offload and find some contentment, I honestly could not be more grateful for everything she is doing for me, and for this opportunity for therapy thanks to Spoons

For more information about our EMDR and trauma therapy please contact us

Baby Weaning Sessions

It can be challenging weaning a baby who has experienced neonatal care, especially if they have feeding issues, reflux or respiratory needs. You get so much conflicting information from so many different people, sometimes it is hard to know what to do for the best. Our baby weaning sessions are delivered by professional Speech and Language Therapists and Dietitians. The aim is to deliver professional support for parents of babies who are thinking about weaning or have just started to. The sessions are informal and are a good opportunity to ask questions and pick up weaning tips. 

Professional Neonatal Support

The weaning sessions are run periodically and are advertised on our private parent Facebook group. If you are not on Facebook and want more information please contact us.

Paediatric First Aid

Parents of babies who are discharged from the neonatal unit all receive Basic Life Support training. Sometimes it is hard to take this information in on the unit. You are excited and anxious about taking your baby home and there is so much information to remember. Therefore we run paediatric first aid sessions for parents, grandparents, or anyone else in the family who may support you in caring for your baby. These sessions are run local to the neonatal units and are free for your families to attend. They are delivered by accredited first aid trainers and are informal and informative sessions.

Professional Neonatal Support

Baby Massage & Baby Yoga

If your baby spent a long time on the neonatal unit you may have missed out on some of the baby classes that are run in the local community. By the time you bring your baby home you may not feel comfortable attending classes with parents of newborn babies, especially when your baby may be older, yet smaller, than the other babies in the class. We run baby massage and baby yoga sessions for parents who have recently left the neonatal unit and are anxious about taking their general community groups or classes. Baby massage and baby yoga has many health benefits for your baby and you, and it also a wonderful way to feel close and bond with your baby in a calm and comfortable environment with other parents who have been on the neonatal unit.

Professional Neonatal Support

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