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Lots of mothers feel lonely. Especially after the birth of a first baby, many find that they’re cut off from old friends, but it’s difficult to make new ones. Getting out to see people, even if you’ve got people to see, is often an effort.

Meeting new people takes confidence, but it’s worth it. Having other people with whom to share the ups and downs of being a parent will help you to cope with the difficult times and make the good times better.

  • Ask your health visitor for information about postnatal groups, mother and baby groups, parent and toddler groups, and playgroups. These may be advertised on the clinic noticeboard.

  • Chat with other mothers at your baby or child health clinic.
  • Talk to your health visitor and ask for an introduction to other new mothers living nearby.
  • MAMA, Home-Start, the National Childbirth Trust, and many other local organisations, sometimes based in a church or temple, run local groups where you can meet other people, chat, relax and get a lot of support. 

Some mothers find the answer to feeling lonely and cut off is to take a job. It’s not always easy to find the right sort of work with the right sort of hours, or to make childcare arrangements. But if you feel that work outside the home could help, read the Going back to work section.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.