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Cardiff Flying Start Parenting Team help new parents through pandemic with Lullaby Project

The Cardiff Flying Start Parenting Team recently co-facilitated the Lullaby Project in partnership with @FUSION and LiveMusicNow.

Seven families participated in the 6 week project. They paired up with talented musicians who encouraged them to reflect upon their journey to parenthood.

Included in the group were five first time parents who had experienced pregnancy and birth during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supported by three professional musicians, the families wrote the words to their own lullaby, concentrating carefully on how the sounds could compliment their feelings.

Parents reported that they found it emotional to reflect upon their baby’s journey into the world and said they experienced a deep closeness and attachment to their little ones as they expressed their love and feelings through carefully chosen words and music.

For many, this was the first time they had attended any parent and child sessions in their community and were a little anxious. The nature of the activity, and the support and warm welcome provided by the team, increased their confidence to sign up to other Flying Start groups.

Parents also became a source of peer support for each other as their little ones continue to grow.

Flying Start provide early parenting intervention through community groups in Flying Start areas of Cardiff with parents who have children under 4 years of age. Groups are warm, welcoming, safe and, most importantly, fun!

To find out more about Flying Start please contact:
029 2035 1380 cardiff.flyingstart@cardiff.gov.uk

A golden opportunity at a precious time: A piece by AiMH members for the BPS to celebrate IMHAW21

To mark Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, Educational Psychologist Dr Nicola Canale joined forces with fellow Educational Psychologists and AiMH members Dr Abigail Wright and Dr Rebecca Stewart to share their thoughts on the role that EPs play in supporting children aged 0-2 years old.

The goal of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 was to encourage everyone working with children and young people to think about and include babies and infants in all aspects of policy and practice. This important week encouraged us, as three EPs with a special interest in the early years, to reflect on how we are including babies and infants in our own practice and hope that this inspires other psychologists to do the same.

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WAIMH 2021 World Congress 22 – 26 June 2021 – presentations by Bristol and Cardiff clinicians

The WAIMH 2021 World Congress 22 – 26 June 2021 was a blend of in-person in Brisbane, Australia and virtual online open to all. You can still register and view content until December 2021. Click here to read more about the Program and here to see more information on the AiMH News Event page.

Rachel Pardoe (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) and Dr. Jessica Williams (Highly Specialist Perinatal Clinical Psychologist in the Cardiff and Vale perinatal CMHT) presented a pre-recorded workshop at WAIMH 2021, available on demand:

Providing a parent-infant therapeutic intervention online: Video Interaction Guidance – empowering parents during COVID-19 (Workshop theme: Antenatal and perinatal practices)

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Cardiff Parents Plus and Parents First

Our work

We deliver home-based interventions that meet the strengths, needs and circumstances of each individual family. Building safe and trusting relationships is the golden thread running through our work with parents and infants.

Our work focuses on:

  • Strengthening parent-child relationships.
  • Supporting child development and well-being.
  • Promoting positive parenting approaches to understanding and responding to behaviour.

Our Team

Our team consists of Educational Psychologists and Parenting Practitioners. We all have a thorough understanding of early child development and psychology and have training in relational approaches and interventions (such as Video Interaction Guidance and Watch, Wait and Wonder) that have been found to make a positive difference to parents and children.

What Parents say about us

“You have helped us understand our child more. It’s knowing the little changes we needed to make to support our child that has made such a difference.”

You have taken time to get to know us. You have given me a confidence and motivation I didn’t know I had.”

“I feel much better and not so overwhelmed. It was lovely to hear your voice and be listened to.”

How to work with us

Please speak to a Health Visitor or contact us directly via the Cardiff Family Gateway on:

Telephone: 03000 133 133

Email: ContactFAS@Cardiff.gov.uk

To find our more please visit: Cardiff Parenting 0-18 – Cardiff Family Advice and Support : Cardiff Family Advice and Support (cardifffamilies.co.uk)

Gwent Parent Infant Mental Health Service (G-PIMHS)

What is G-PIMHS?

We are a specialist team who provide expertise in supporting and strengthening the important relationships between babies and their parent/carer(s). We work closely with families through thoughtful prevention and early intervention to give every baby the best start in life. We work together with all the services around a family to support the early relationship and promote emotional well-being.

What is Parent-Infant Mental Health?

The first 1000 days of life is a time of unique opportunity of growth and development. During this time babies’ brains are shaped by the relationships they have with their parent/carer(s). Difficulties in early relationships can have a lasting impact on a child’s development. During infancy, babies are unable to talk about their feelings and needs, but communicate these in different ways, which are sometimes hard to understand.

What can we help with?

We see expectant parents and new parents who may be experiencing difficulties feeling emotionally connected to their baby for a variety of reasons including:

– Traumatic birth or stressful pregnancy

– Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or low

– Previous losses or significant losses during pregnancy

– Finding you are worrying too much

– Other concerns you may have around your relationship with your baby

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Reflections on an Inter-professional Learning Session around Infant Mental Health at Cardiff University

Adele Page, Trainee Educational Psychologist, Cardiff University

During our recent inter-professional learning session, a joint session for Trainee Health Visitors and Trainee Educational Psychologists at Cardiff University, trainees from both disciplines were joined by Dr Nicola Canale (Specialist Educational Psychologist) and Dr Orion Owen (Health Visitor) who discussed their respective roles within the early years.  

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

How Lockdown Affects Babies

BBC Video with Dr Abigail Wright, Educational Psychologist & AiMH Wales Hub Member

In this short video, Abi acknowledges the difficulties that new parents such as herself have faced during lock-down but also gives a hopeful message about all the wonderful things that parents can do to continue to support their babies' development and well-being during this time.


This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

Agents of Hope: The role that Educational Psychology can play in promoting early child development and well-being

A Podcast by Dr Tim Cox, Educational Psychologist.

Many different practitioners play a vital role in supporting early child development and well-being during the Early Years.

In the two podcasts listed below, Tim interviews two Educational Psychologists from Wales to explore how they are supporting parents and children during this critical period.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

Rupture, Repair, Resilience (and Kintsugi): A Blog by Dr Nicola Canale, Specialist Educational Psychologist, South Wales

‘Kintsugi’ is the Japanese custom of repairing broken or cracked items with gold. Once completed, beautiful seams of gold glint in the item, giving a unique appearance to each “repaired” piece. This method celebrates each items unique history, and emphasises its fractures and breaks, instead of hiding or disguising them. This makes the repaired piece even more beautiful and interesting than the original. It may also make the item stronger, and more resilient to withstanding future knocks and bumps.

It strikes me that there is a similarity between the art of Kintsugi and a concept in the field of developmental psychology known as ‘rupture and repair’.

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Getting Through Lockdown with a Baby

A Blog by Dr Elizabeth Gregory Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

In this blog, Liz shares her thoughts on getting through lock-down with a baby using the helpful acronym T.R.U.S.T.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

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