Being Mum Programme

Becoming a new mother can bring a wealth of unexpected surprises. Whilst books, health workers and friends can tell us everything to expect for the baby, there are few resources out there to prepare a new mum for what will happen to her.

Being Mum is Home-Start East Sussex’s new programme to support first-time mums in their
transition to parenthood.


At Home-Start, we believe that every child and parent should be able to enjoy a positive family life, which can be particularly hard to navigate during a baby’s first few months. The change of lifestyle that comes from incorporating ‘mum’ into a woman’s identity can be huge, but women often find that the support they can access is solely about the welfare of the baby. Home-Start has developed the Being Mum programme to assist first-time mothers with the changes and challenges they face in their transition to motherhood, as well as helping their baby to progress in line with developmental milestones.

During social distancing, the six-week programme is virtually delivered via Zoom and we have funding to support first-time mums who live in Hailsham or Eastbourne, giving attendees the chance to socialise and share stories with other first-time mothers in their local area. We understand the particular importance of this programme at the moment, since new mums giving birth during the COVID-19 crisis will have limited access to support and will have suffered more anxiety around giving birth than in ‘normal’ times. We will therefore be using Zoom to deliver this service throughout lockdown, until we are able to resume community group support.

Topics will include:

  • Changes of identity associated with becoming a mother
  • Wellbeing tips for new parents
  • Co-parenting and maintaining a positive partner relationship
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Learning and development activities


Course dates

New mothers living in Eastbourne Borough and Hailsham wards: July 2020

We hope to secure funding to run programmes for first-time mothers across the county in the future. Current funding permits us to continue to run programmes for new mothers living in the Eastbourne and Hailsham areas until March 2021.



Please click here to download our Being Mum referral form. Anyone can self-refer or a professional carer can refer a new mother on their behalf.


Why are new mums’ services needed?

  • Up to 75% of new mothers will experience postnatal depression after giving birth.
  • 1 in 5 women develop mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth.
  • Around a quarter of all maternal deaths between six weeks and a year after childbirth are related to mental health problems.
  • 40% of babies have an insecure attachment to their primary caregiver.
  • Whilst 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point during their lifetime, pregnancy and the arrival of a new baby can increase this risk.
  • 15% of women report violence during their pregnancy, and up to 60% of women affected by domestic abuse are abused while pregnant.
  • In almost half of the UK, pregnant women and new mothers have no access to specialist community maternal mental health services.

Home-Start East Sussex aims to provide support for first-time mums during this turbulent time in their lives, and our specialists’ knowledge on domestic abuse and family relations means that we can identify problems and provide further support to new mums who may be at risk.

For more information, please see our Being Mum Programme FAQs.