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SAPlings projects (social aspects of pregnancy)

Our highly sucessful SAPlings projects run in Banbury, at the Sunshine Centre, and Oxford, at Florence Park Children's Centre.

SAPlings is a group antenatal project for women over 18 years old with additional social care needs. They are referred to us by the midwifery team or GP, and can also self-refer if they feel the project would be of benefit to them.

They can attend weekly or occasionally, depending on their circumstances and preferences. They are welcome to bring their children, partners, other relatives and friends.

The project is losely based on the 'Centering' model developed in America, and allows participants to access antenatal care, antenatal education and social support all in one place. We discuss a wide range of issues including preperation for birth, baby care, mindfullness, healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and any other topic the group chooses to cover.

We work in strong partnership with other community service providers, and help our clients access the services they offer.

In Oxford we are also privileged to have member of Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) staff work alongside our group, to provide immediate one-to-one parent-infant psychotherapy for any group member who feels it would be helpful.

The group members are able to learn from each other's experiences, and provide mutual support.

Contact us

The Oxford group runs on Wednesdays from 1.15pm - 3.30pm at Donnington Doorstep Family Centre.

Please contact

  • Lisa Clayden (midwife): 07766 134 023

Banbury SAPlings group runs two groups every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.00am and 12.30pm - 2.00pm at the Sunshine Centre.

Please contact

  • Janine Beck (midwife): 07564 718 525