Mums' Zone is a holistic health and wellbeing intervention targeting pregnant and new mums. It aims to improve mental health and wellbeing by offering an weekly programme of physical activity and health and wellbeing support, messaging and signposting.

A lot of research has been done highlighting the positive impacts of physical activity on mental health and studies have shown that women who seek help for perinatal and postnatal mental health issues have better outcomes for themselves and their child.

The first Mums' Zone intervention took place in Slough and Wokingham between September 2019-March 2020 and then a virtual programme continued in lockdown.

Face to face classes will begin again in November 2021 - to book please visit Mums' Zone Classes.

To find out more please get in touch with mumszone@getberkshireactive.org

What Mums said about the first Mums' Zone programme in Slough

"I love this"

"The £2 price point is great, even £5 is just not achievable."

"It's nice to go to a group with my baby but the focus is on me and my wellbeing"

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    The following report was carried out by Canterbury Christ Church University Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group who undertook an independent evaluation of the intervention. The results were hugely encouraging highlighting the benefits physical activity can have on mental health as well as sleep and other health factors.

Being a new parent can be a challenging time, and the most common health problem after someone has had a baby is a mental health problem, most often depression. Add to this the fact that the most likely time in anyone's life for having a severe mental health problem is the first few weeks after birth, and you can see why the emotional wellbeing of new mums is so vital. Research has shown that the effects of the mother's mental health both while pregnant and after birth, on their children's mental health can have an impact years into the future. With a strong link between maternal mental health and children's mental health, Mums' Zone provides a service to support mums with non-walkers. (Source NHS)

By taking a collaborative approach with key partners such as Frimley Integrated Health Service and Home-Start Slough, we can offer a diverse programme of support for pregnant women and new mums.

Contact Cathy Carr (cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org) for more information.

For more information contact:

Cathy Carr – cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org

Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Strategic Lead for Living Life Well

Cathy is the Strategic Lead for Living Well at Get Berkshire Active. She takes a strategic lead on our work supporting adults to lead independent and fulfilled lives, develops new and existing partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as leading on various projects, including Mums' Zone and Active Medicine in Practice and more. Having undertaken a Degree in Business and Sport at University, she was keen to work in sports development and has taken om many roles across a wide variety of organisations, including Reading University, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and London Sport. She also joined the National Body of Swimming for 2 years and spent time in Singapore teaching. Having seen the huge benefits being active has brought to her family's life, especially mental wellbeing, she is passionate about helping others to reap the benefits. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking and running, as well as spending time outdoors with her children.

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