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Table 1 Characteristics of the nine peer support projects

From: Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study of models and perceptions

  Primary target group Location Type of peer support Period of support Support to access services Practical/material support Set-up Host Initial Training for volunteers Current Funding
1 Women with very complex needs London Small team of volunteers Pregnancy, at birth, to 12 weeks postnatal (longer if needed) yes yes 1996 Local charity 40 h (8 sessions) Charitable
2 Women in local area London 1:1 Pregnancy to 3 months postnatal (longer if needed) yes yes 2006 Local community development charity 36 h Public
3 First time mothers in local area London 1:1 Pregnancy to 8 months postnatal yes   2012 Local community development charity 72 h (18 sessions) - City & Guilds level 3 Partly charitable, partly public
4 Women receiving maternity care from a specific hospital trust London 1:1 Pregnancy to 12 months postnatal yes yes 2012 Local community development charity 8 h (4 sessions) Charitable
5 Refugees and asylum seekers North of England 1:1, 2:1 Pregnancy to 2 years postnatal yes yes 2011 National charity 30 h – Open College Network Level 2 Public; ended 2014
6 Young women and women experiencing difficult circumstances North of England 1:1, groups Pregnancy to 2 years postnatal yes   2012 National charity. In 2014 became an independent Community Incorporated Organisation. 30 h – Open College Network Level 2 Public; then charitable.
7 Women from minority ethnic communities; young women North of England 1:1, groups Pregnancy to 2 years postnatal yes yes 2011 National charity 30 h – Open College Network Level 2 Public; ended 2014.
8 Women living with HIV London 1:1, group Pregnancy and short period postnatal; 6–12 visits yes yes 2010 National charity 36 h (6 sessions) –Open College Network Level 2 Charitable
9 Women with depression/anxiety West of England 1:1, group Group has 12 sessions; 1:1 for 6 weeks (more if needed)    2011 Local charity In development Charitable