Response to Announcement of Relationship Support for First-Time Parents
Commenting on today's announcement of relationship support for first-time parents, BACP Chief Executive Laurie Clarke said:
"BACP welcomes the government's plans to trial subsidised relationship support sessions for first-time parents, as it demonstrates recognition of the role that counselling can play at this point in people's lives.
"The birth of a child is a truly life-altering moment. It can present many unforeseen challenges and put considerable pressure on a relationship. Speaking to a trained, independent counsellor before, during and after the birth of a child may significantly help new parents to adapt and most importantly enjoy the new addition to their family."
"As a member of the Early Intervention Consortium, led by Graham Allan MP, BACP is committed to raising awareness of and access to counselling for families. This kind of support for couples who are finding it difficult to adjust to parenthood will positively influence not just the adults within the new family, but also their baby, providing a stable, loving parenting environment in which the child can thrive."
"The relationship between couple distress and individual disorders such as depression and anxiety is well established, and research shows that 70% of couples receiving couple therapy benefit from treatment."