Using a sling can be of great therapeutic benefit to babies and carers. It can also be very useful for those at risk of or suffering with mood disorders. Our Building Bonds scheme aims to help these families to keep their children close while giving them their freedom back.
Health Professional: if you are caring for a patient who is suffering from postnatal depression or other perinatal mood disorders such as anxiety, or have a child with a serious illness or disability, you are welcome to refer them to our Building Bonds scheme for support. Please note we provide carrier support and are not a substitute for psychological and medical care.
Parent/Carer; if you (or your partner or someone you know) are suffering from postnatal depression, or have a child with a serious illness or disability, your health care professional can refer you to our Building Bonds scheme to see if a correctly fitted carrier can be of some help.
You can attend our weekly drop in sessions free of charge, and if you are also in financial hardship we will do our best to provide you with free carrier loans for as long as you need. We ask that you return the carrier when you no longer need it so it can help more families.
If you find large groups or drop in sessions intimidating, we can make sure to invite you to a less busy session or we can arrange for you to visit us at a quieter time. We can on occasion offer home visits for especially difficult circumstances, but please note this may incur a charge.
If you are referring yourself or a family member, please email me to discuss and see what we can do to help! If you are a health care professional and have less concerns regarding sensitive data, you are welcome to email too, please ensure you have permission from your patient first.
If you wish to protect your patient’s data, please download the referral form, fill it out and email to my secure NHS email here
or post it to
Dr Rosie Knowles, Selborne Road Medical Centre, 1 Selborne Road, S10 5NG
Read this Northern Irish study showing the impacts of babywearing on those suffering from postnatal depression.
Mental health matters; many modalities are needed to support those suffering with mental health disorders. Please go and see your GP, your midwife, your health visitor, your local PND charity (here in Sheffield it is Light Sheffield); don’t suffer alone.
Babywearing is not a panacea or cure-all; but it can be one resource in a toolbox for survival. For many, it can simply be a practical solution for getting around and out of the house; for others, the act of carrying can be calming and uplifting. There is a hormonal basis to how close contact can help with mood disorders (oxytocin and dopamine), For many, the use of a sling (when the last thing you want to do is hold a baby) can trigger these biological cascades.
It is important to recognise that for some, close contact is not helpful; please do seek further support.