Northern Ireland: specialists to help parent-baby bonding

07 September 2018

A new service to support parents struggling to bond with their babies has been offered by two specialist health visitors in infant mental health at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.


Aideen Cooney and Ciara McCloskey will help parents experiencing difficulties building a relationship with their baby, any time from the early antenatal period up until the baby is one year old.

Their aim is to help at the earliest opportunity so that the parent and baby’s relationship is given the best start.

Ciara advised mothers: ‘Speak to your health visitor and she will put you in touch with us. The work we will do with you is not intrusive; it is simply to help you think about what is happening in a different way. It is confidential and we aim to be available very quickly as we know you and your baby can’t wait.’


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