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18 May 2012

Marriage counselling for tired new parents

Couples whose relationships deteriorate with the difficulties of becoming new parents are to be offered subsidised counselling as part of a package of measures to support families announced yesterday.

Under the plans, parents who find it difficult to adjust to the stress, sleep deprivation and the loss of a regular sex life caused by the arrival of babies will be able to apply for support from professional marriage guidance councillors.

The scheme is to be trialled in four areas of the country this summer and could be rolled out nationwide if it is successful. It will be managed and promoted by the National Childbirth Trust who said the intention was to make it just as normal to access relationship support in the first few years of a child’s life as it is to go to an antenatal class.

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