OXPIP is a pioneering charity with a national reputation as a specialist in the field of parent-infant psychotherapy. For over 20 years we have helped parents and their babies to build close and loving relationships from the start of life.
OXPIP provides specialist therapeutic support, from conception to two years, for infants and parents who need assistance to establish and build close and nurturing relationships. We also work with professionals, policy makers and the public to build awareness, support and services for parent-infant attachment, infant mental health and peri-natal mental health.
We focus on the relationship between parent and infant, observing the interaction to encourage the development of a strong and loving attachment. Parents get in touch for a variety of reasons which may include post natal depression, a baby that struggles to sleep or feed, anxieties about parenthood or a difficult birth experience. There may also be issues from the parent's past or from the transition to parenthood which affects the relationships now they are parents themselves.
Our clients tell us that our flexible way of working is often transformative with significant changes happening in a short space of time. In 2018-19, 83% of our clients saw a direct improvement in the quality of their early parent infant relationship and 80% saw a reduction in maternal anxiety and/or depression.
There is a strong economic case for our work, the WAVE Trust has done research which calculates that for every £1 invested in the early years, up to £9.20 is saved later on.
1 in 7-10 women suffer from postnatal depression. 1 in 8 children grow up in environments of risk, neglect, or abuse.
A high proportion of these children will go on to abuse or neglect their children unless we break this cycle of disadvantage.