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Support for young parents & parents-to-be in Swansea

Jig-so Project

Jig-so is a Swansea-wide team made up of midwives, nursery nurses, family facilitators and early language development workers.
They support young or vulnerable parents, and help to build the family’s strengths, skills and knowledge so they can be healthy, grow and thrive.

Aims +

The Jig-so Project provides services from conception up to a child’s second birthday to fill any gaps in provision during the ante-natal and post-natal period:

  • provide holistic support for young or vulnerable parents in Swansea
  • promote the importance of early attachment
  • improve sensitivity between parents and infants
  • provide intervention to families where there are attachment difficulties
  • support parents to look at the quality of their relationship
  • build parental confidence and aspirational thinking
  • reduce social isolation
  • improve parents’ mental health and wellbeing
  • educate on brain development
  • one-to-one support
  • group work
  • a focus on adverse childhood experiences

Enhanced Midwifery Service +

One-to-one support and group work that prepares parents for the birth, educating on the importance of:

    • emotional literacy, attachment and bonding
    • breastfeeding
    • reducing smoking or substance misuse

Nursery Nurse Support +

Ante-natal and post-natal support including group work and one-to-one visits with an individualised package of care, including:

  • looking after your baby
  • baby bathing, hygiene and safe sleeping
  • making up a feed and sterilising
  • skin to skin
  • reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • invitation to parent and toddler groups.

Early Learning Development Workers +

  • early language development support and education
  • baby massage
  • baby yoga
  • baby chatter
  • wiggle and giggle
  • WellComm screening at 18 months
  • targeted sessions if WellComm is amber.

Family Facilitators +

Family Facilitators can support with a range of ante-natal and post-natal issues that can impact on the parents’ ability to meet their child’s needs:

  • parenting education
  • group work and one-to-one support
  • confidence, mental health and wellbeing
  • education and support to tackle the cycle of adverse childhood experiences
  • support with relationships and the impact of living with conflict on a child’s wellbeing
  • a holistic service to improve responsiveness and sensitivity between parents and infants (Gro brain material).