The Parent Centre’s Parent Infant Programme consists of a Parent Infant Home Visiting Project and 0-5 Counselling.
1. Parent Infant Home Visiting Project
Parent Infant Home Visiting Project provides information and support to pregnant women during and after birth to encourage positive parent and infant attachment.
We want to establish a supportive relationship with “at risk” mothers and provide a “safety net” during the critical time before and after birth to help them establish a positive attachment to their baby.
The Home Visiting Project is implemented in communities where children are highly at risk of neglect. These communities are characterised by unemployment; poverty; violence; family fragmentation; substance abuse; increasing rates of HIV/AIDS.
What does it involve?
- 5 ante-natal and 15 post-natal home visits to pregnant women who are at high risk for ante-natal, post-natal depression, child neglect, abuse and abandonment.
- Early parenting talks at Maternity and Obstetric Units (MOU)
Where do we work?
- Khayelitsha (Town 2, Makaza, Nkanini and Kuyasa)
- Nyanga (Rooms and Informal Settlement)
- Gugulethu (Barcelona, Europe, Vukuzenzele and a little of front section of KTC)
- Phillipi (Woodbay, Squatter area, Brownsfarm, Sweethome, School Site and Siyahlala)
- Hanover Park
- Mitchell’s Plain
- Imizamo Yethu
2. 0-5 Counselling
The first 1000 days of a baby’s life shapes their future. 0-5 years (First 1000 Days) Counselling is a specialised counselling service for all parents with their infants and toddlers.
What is the First 1000 Days?
The period from conception until a child’s 2nd birthday offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures.
Counselling helps parents understand the difficulties they experience in raising their infant or toddler, and also to explore alternative ways of managing the problem and to promote knowledge and awareness of infant mental health.
The service is for any parent, family member or caregiver with an infant or toddler who:
- Finds their baby unusually quiet or uninterested in them
- Feels their baby is too fussy or difficult to comfort
- Is concerned about how active their child is
- Feels burdened by the demands of parenthood
- Has a baby with developmental problems that places special emotional stress on the parents or caregivers
- Experiences ongoing depression or anxiety after the birth of the infant