With Mums

Work with mums with low mood or post-natal depression

Make a Move has devised a very successful eight-week programme working with mothers with low mood or post natal depression (PND). The programme, known as Moving On Up! offers sessions of music, movement and therapeutic talking to help mothers recover from their depression.  It also gives their babies an improved start in life.

Changes in 2017 mean that now –

Any mum who lives in BANES & who has low mood or PND can access the programme directly – you do not have to be referred by a health professional.

Contact Ruth for more information – email: ruth@makeamove.org.uk or ring 0759 210 3325.

The connections, support and improvements our programme delivers have proved so successful that mums continue to meet and support each other independently afterwards, sometimes for years, and we have previous participants who now volunteer with Make a Move, making a contribution to the organisation that helped them feel better about themselves.

Moving on Up! received three-year funding from the Big Lottery in 2015.

How Make a Move’s work improves the lives of mums with low mood & PND

Over a two year period we found:

• 91% of mums reported an improvement in mood
• 77% felt an improvement in their emotions
• 54% said their relationships within the family improved
• 63% felt more motivated
• 63% felt more confident
• 49% felt their energy levels had gone up
• 28% of mums reported improvements in sleep.

For more Moving On Up! findings click here

Make a Move makes regular submissions on it’s work with mothers to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
See the Practice Example, August 2016, here: All Party SubmissionMakeaMove (pdf)


Katie’s Experience:

Katie, mum of two, says Moving On Up was a lifeline for me, helping me recognise, come to terms with, and start to manage my post-natal depression.  It gave me the gift of feeling real joy again.  I think every mum would benefit.”

Our work with mums is far-reaching and life-changing. Don’t just take our word for it – we have gathered some moving testimonials from women we’ve worked with.

About Post Natal Depression (PND)

• Post-Natal Depression affects up to 15% of mothers
• Most women do not receive or request treatment
• It has a negative impact on the ability of the mothers to parent effectively
• It can have long-lasting effects on children cognitive and emotional development (link to British Medical Journal article)
• As with many other forms of depression it can be both silent and deadly, and in the saddest of cases, mothers have taken their own lives or those of their babies.

If you need support

If you live in Bath & North East Somerset, you can contact your health visitor who will be able to give you information on how to access Moving on Up!

Or get in touch directly with Ruth for more information: ruth@makeamove.org.uk or call 07592103325

Make a Move would love to extend the reach and the impact of the Moving on Up! project. If you are a funder, local authority or other provider who would like to discuss future opportunities please get in touch. Thank you.


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Image credit: Mother and baby by ECohen. Source. Used under a Creative Commons licence.

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