Having a baby is one of the most significant life events. It is often a source of happiness but can sometimes be unexpectedly difficult, for a variety of reasons.

  • Are you a parent to be or a parent with a young baby and finding things more difficult than you anticipated?
  • Are you feeling concerned you have not formed a bond with your baby in the way you had hoped you would?
  • Has becoming a new parent stirred up some unexpected difficult feelings.

If any of these things have come up for you and you would like some help, it may be that DorPIP can offer you the right kind of help and support.

How we can help...

We focus on the very special relationship between parents and infants that develops in the first 1001 critical days of life, from conception to age two.

We help parents and primary carers to bond and attune with their baby through Parent-Infant Therapy and Attachment-led Infant Massage to give them the best start in life

Parent Infant Therapy

Parenting begins in pregnancy. As the foetus develops, parents begin to build up images and ideas about their unborn baby, as well as ideas about themselves as parents.

Often these ideas are influenced by our own experience of childhood and being parented. Depending on this experience, we may wish to replicate these good experiences for our baby. However, if our own experience was lacking we may feel that we want our baby to have something different and better.

The process of bonding is very important for the developing relationship with your baby. Parents that bond with their baby lay strong foundations for health and emotional resilience for life.

We work with you and your baby over a series of one-to-one sessions to help you understand and work through some of your worries and concerns. Taking time to think about the feelings you each may have and finding ways to communicate and enjoy each other.


Attachment-led Infant Massage

Communication through positive nurturing touch

We offer IAIM infant massage courses which provide an enjoyable opportunity to spend one-to-one time connecting with your baby through the warm interactions and gentle communication of positive nurturing touch in a calm, nurturing and safe space.

  • Feel closer to your baby and enhance bonding
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your baby's communication cues
  • Encourage calming, relaxation and deeper sleep
  • Relieve discomfort from colic, wind, constipation and reflux
  • Stimulate and strengthen your baby's body systems
  • Promote brain development, language and learning
  • Gain a greater sense of confidence in your ability to care for and nurture your baby
Baby Massage

DorPIP #Keepintouch Groups

So often we find families would like to keep in touch with each other, or reach out to those who may have been through similar experiences ~ with this in mind, we thought we would set up a members only online and community group for families who have completed Parent-Infant Therapy or Baby Massage through Dorset Parent Infant Partnership!

Our group aims to provide a welcoming, safe and supportive space for expecting and new parents to share ideas, thoughts and their experiences of pregnancy, birth and beyond.



    How you can access our support

    Our services are available in children centres, GPs premises and where appropriate, in your home, across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

    Referrals are accepted from maternity services, maternal mental health service, health visitors, GPs, children centres, social services and frontline professionals. Self referrals are also welcomed.