The Parent-Infant Relationship

The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast

21-03-2024 • 28 mins

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, The Parent-Infant Relationship, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Kate Staveley are joined by Louise Webb from NHS Somerset and Marie Pilton from Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to discuss what the parent-infant relationship is, why it is important to nurture and build that relationship, and what you can do, and how you can seek support, if difficulties arise.

Louise and Marie would also like to advise parents to seek support from their Midwife, Health Visitor or GP; they can provide support and listen to your needs and, if necessary, refer onto other agencies.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Kate Staveley. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Thank you for listening, see you next time!

Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated

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