peep antenatal programme: getting to know your baby

Our antenatal programme supports expectant parents (mums and dads) to:

  • think about their baby, tune in to their baby's feelings and respond sensitively (also known as reflective function),
  • understand the importance of sensitive parenting to developing a loving, consistent and secure attachment,
  • become more aware of the social and emotional aspects of the transition to parenthood,
  • manage their own (sometimes difficult) feelings that are aroused by a new baby,
  • understand how to support their baby's early learning and brain development,
  • meet other expectant or new parents and develop a supportive network group, and engage with other local services,
  • reduce the risk to the early parent–infant relationship (by helping to prevent, for example, isolation, anxiety and low-level depression).

These things help parent-baby bonding and attachment. Research indicates that strong relationships enhance parents' confidence and self-esteem. They also contribute to better outcomes for the child in terms of their cognitive development (learning and understanding), the relationships they build, and their resilience to cope if life gets tough.

peep antenatal training - for practitioners

Our 1-day Peep Antenatal training equips practitioners with the knowledge, practical skills and resources to deliver the Peep Antenatal Programme. As the Covid pandemic has highlighted, early intervention plays a crucial role in supporting families at such a life-changing time.

feedback from parents-to-be

'I found out lots about what baby gets up to inside my belly'

'We learned how to help our baby to learn and what to expect, and how important it is to interact with baby before she’s even here'

'I enjoyed making baby’s first book, meeting other mums to be, sharing stories

'Since coming to Peep Antenatal I massage my tummy, sing songs and talk to her'

'I was surprised and pleased to find out that my baby is a lot brighter than I thought'

using the antenatal programme with expectant parents

The Peep Antenatal Programme can be used perinatally - during pregnancy (from 28+ weeks is recommended) to the early weeks following birth. It can be used for a flexible number of sessions, including one-to-one with parent/s and baby in the home or in other settings, or in groups.

programme development

Our antenatal programme for families, and the training for practitioners, were developed with Professor Jane Barlow and colleagues at the University of Warwick Medical School. It was originally known as Peep Reflective Parenting. All Peep Programme delivery is underpinned by our principles.

> Download our Peep Antenatal Programme & Training leaflet or find out about our next Antenatal Training dates.

newborn baby
  • ‘I didn’t realise my baby would be able to hear when he was born…’ (Dad)

  • ‘I’d never thought it was worth talking to a new born baby’ (Mum)

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