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21 May 2021 | 15:15 | [email protected]

For immediate release: 21/05/2021

“We’re Still Here” Local Charity Reassures After Closure of Sister Charity

DorPIP founder, Viv Allen is saddened to announce that NorPIP, the Parent Infant Relationship service in Northampton is to close in June due to a lack of ongoing funding. Viv Allen wants to reassure those in Dorset that their services, however, very much remain ongoing.  

Viv says, “Specialised parent infant services like ours, play a crucial role in the treatment and prevention of mental health problems in parents and children. Supporting parents to establish secure relationships with their babies through a range therapeutic services helps families to flourish, and babies can thrive.” 

Although DorPIP are deeply saddened to hear the sad news of NorPIP,  DorPIP remains open and will continue to help and support parents and their children. As a local and independent charity, supported solely by grants and kind donations, DorPIP can provide services universally. They work to empower and guide parents through their baby’s infanthood. “At DorPIP we pride ourselves on providing a service that is available to all without long waiting lists.” 

The overall aim of parent infant therapy is to support parents in developing a healthy and secure attachment between themselves and their baby. This then creates a secure base for them as they grow. The first 1001 days of a child’s life is a crucial window of opportunity where experiences and behaviours towards them will impact outcomes throughout their lifetime, effecting their cognitive and emotional development. 

DorPIP uses a network of specialist therapists, trained in working in parent infant relationships from conception to aged two. The service is for anyone who is struggling with the transition to parenthood in regard to family relationship dynamics. That relationship might be parent and child, or parent and parent which in turn affects the child.  

Do you find yourself suffering with your maternal mental health? 

Do you experience any of the following? 

  • An increase in arguments with your partner that are starting to break down your relationship. 
  • Intrusive thoughts: ‘I’m not a good enough mum; my baby doesn’t like me as much as they like my partner; this isn’t what I wanted’. 
  • You find yourself drifting into extreme or excessive behaviours like working more hours, smoking, drinking more frequently. 
  • Not being able to shower or clean your home, falling into an unmotivated state where everything takes increased amounts of energy. 

These feelings you may be experiencing can be normal when in the early stages of parenthood, but parenting is a beautiful joy and if you are not feeling happy it may be time to reach out for support. 

Perhaps the relationship between yourself and your baby, and the one you share with your partner is perfectly fine, but you are struggling mentally with keeping yourself happy and excited about parenting. Know that you are not alone and there are ways to improve your situation. 

Knowing when to ask for help is so important in preventing long term illnesses such as post-natal depression. Support for you and your infant is crucial as your mental health is likely to impact your ability to develop a healthy and secure bond with your child and attune to your baby’s emotions. 

DorPIP acts as a bridge between infant and carer, focusing on strengthening the relationship a parent has with their child.  “We have one all-important vision, and that is to create a society where children flourish through attuned parenting, early bonding, and healthy attachment to give them the best possible start in life. Inspiring and nurturing the human spirit, one baby, one family, one community at a time. We do this through the provision of specialist infant parent psychotherapy, attachment lead infant massage and facilitated peer support groups and to ensure that these services are accessible to all.” 

If you need support, please do reach out to DorPIP today.  

ENDS

Contact 

Viv Allen (Founder & CEO) -  telephone number 07813989707 or email: [email protected] 

Notes to Editors: 

About DorPip  - DorPip (Dorset Infant Parent Partnership) is a local charity based in Dorset whose aim is to support parents in developing a healthy and secure attachment between themselves and their baby, creating a secure base for infants as they grow. The first 1001 days of a child’s life is a crucial window of opportunity where experiences and behaviours towards them will impact outcomes throughout their lifetime, effecting their cognitive and emotional development. 

DorPIP uses a network of specialist therapists, trained in working in parent infant relationships from conception to aged two. The service is for anyone who is struggling with the transition to parenthood and how this may have affected the family relationship dynamics. That relationship might be parent and child, or parent and parent which in turn affects the child and the child’s mental wellbeing.

Registered Charity Number: 117587