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Author Topic: Becoming a peer supporter  (Read 4629 times)

mossop

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Becoming a peer supporter
« on: October 05, 2010, 07:38:42 PM »

Hi there,

I was wondering if there are any opportunities for any of us mums to become peer supporters at all? I've a friend down south who did some training with a charity to become a supporter and I emailed her to ask what her experience was of it. She replied:

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We were given about 12 weeks' training; one morning a week where there was a free creche for our littl'uns. We learned about the physiology of BFing; barriers to BFing and how to support mothers. There was quite a lot of discussion about BFing myths and ways BFing rates might be improved. There was quite a lot to learn (a lot of which I feel I have already forgotten- especially now I am no longer BFing!) We were also given a book each (and a knitted boobie- haha!) It was always emphasised to us that the expectation was that we should support (ie making suggestions) rather than advise.

After we 'graduated', we were encouraged (but not forced to commit) to help at one of the local drop-in groups, of which there were several, on different days of the week. There were quite a lot of us so we would usually use a rota system for who was going to be supporting each week. There were a number of refresher training sessions during the year and we were encouraged to attend a certain number of these. These sessions were also an opportunity to raise questions or worries about what we were doing.

Some peer supporters were more confident and experienced than others and were happy to be more 'hands-on'; advising mothers on their latch etc while other supporters were happier being in the background doing more practical things like setting up/tidying away the seating and toys in the room; making tea and coffee for visitors etc... We also used to have lots of fundraising events which always needed supporting. Our 'bosses' (a specialist HV and a paid BFing counsellor) were always very grateful for whatever commitment we could make.

I'd love to do something like this but don't know if there are any opportunities for us here?

Any thoughts?
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rebelecca

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Re: Becoming a peer supporter
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2010, 05:56:03 PM »

Hi
I'm not aware of any training as such, but certainly the BRAG breastfeeding support group in Elgin Community Centre on a Thursday allows you to provide informal support to other mums from your own personal experience etc.
Rebecca
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lindascott

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Re: Becoming a peer supporter
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 03:06:01 PM »

You may be pleased to know that as of now I have been appointed by NHS Grampian to lead a project on Breast feeding peer supporters - co-ordination & training. I will be recruiting mothers such as yourself to become peer supporters so if you would like to pursue this further please let me know.
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rebelecca

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Re: Becoming a peer supporter
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 10:21:28 PM »

I would definitely be interested.

Rebecca
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mossop

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Re: Becoming a peer supporter
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 12:32:32 PM »

Yes, I would definitely be interested, too. I presume you can contact me through this website by private message?

Thanks for the reply :)
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lindascott

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Re: Becoming a peer supporter
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 12:50:41 PM »

Recruits are currently being identified to be peer supporters in Moray. Training will be given as well as support, supervision and guidance following successful completion ofthe course. For more details on commitment and tasks required please contact linda.scott1@nhs.net and leave phone number or phone on 07748786551.
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