Rockabye is a small group where you can come and meet other parents, share your experiences and spend time nourishing the bond between you and your baby.
Talking and listening to other parents can help you feel more confident and stronger as a new parent. Sharing the struggles that all new parents experience can help you feel you are not alone. At Rockabye we aim to provide a non-judgemental and accepting space for you to share your difficulties.
There may be something getting in the way of you feeling like you can enjoy time with your baby. Are you feeling low or worried? Are you suffering from postnatal depression or anxiety, or other mental health difficulties? Perhaps you had a difficult birth experience or a difficult journey to becoming a parent? Like many new parents, you may be finding the transition to parenthood harder than you thought. Or there may be something difficult going on in your life at the moment. Rockabye is a space where you can feel really heard and supported.
As well as time to talk and be heard, we also spend time playing, singing and doing enjoyable activities which can help you feel more connected to your baby. This can become a special time to nourish the bond with your baby, and give you ideas of things you can do at home.
How we work
Rockabye is run in several Bristol Children’s Centres by Rockabye practitioners. They are Family Support Workers who have undergone additional substantial training; they receive ongoing supervision and continuing professional development.
We run Rockabye in 10-12 week programmes. It is a closed group so the same families attend for the whole programme. Prior to the programme starting we will meet with you so you can find out more about what happens in the sessions and ask any questions you may have.
During each hour-long session there is a facilitated space for you to talk about what it’s really like being a parent. We create a safe, non-judgemental, accepting atmosphere, where you can share how things are for you and your baby.
We then provide structured activities: sensory play, action songs, nursery rhymes, music and instruments. This gives you time to focus on your baby, have fun and nourish your connection.
If you are interested in coming to a Rockabye group, please contact your local Children’s Centre, your Health Visitor or email us directly. Please see our Groups page for details.
We also run an Antenatal Rockabye programme for pregnant women, and a Parents to Be group for expectant couples. If you or your partner is pregnant, and would like a space to reflect on your hopes and fears of becoming a parent, or would like to take time to relax and connect with your unborn baby, please go to the Antenatal Rockabye or Parents to Be pages.