Welcome to Life - helping babies and their mentally ill mothers


nominee 50005
Country / Region:
Civil Society/Social Economy
Fields of action:
Family / Youth welfare
Age of the target group:
0 - 11 years = children
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Verein JOJO - Kindheit im Schatten
Responsible person:
Heidemarie Eher, MBA, BA, BSc

What is it about?

A multi-professional team consisting of a midwife, psychologist, paediatrician and social worker provides support to mothers who suffer from mental illness. The support is preventative, personalized, based on outreach and continual until the child turns three years old. The mothers, who are often raising the child alone, are strengthened and provided relief at an early stage, i.e. even before giving birth. This permits a stable social network for the family and a secure bond between the mother and infant to emerge. The baby can only develop healthily if the family system is not overwhelmed.