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Table 3 Boundaries of peer support models

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

Befriending models Mentoring models
Frequent visits (e.g. weekly) Infrequent visits (e.g. monthly)
More spontaneous interaction during visits More structured visits sometimes using facilitators or activities; setting and reviewing goals
Allowed to share contact details; volunteer can invite mother to own home No sharing of personal contact details
Allowed to take own children on visits Not allowed to involve own children
Allowed to offer direct emotional support, including reassurance, consolation and physical contact Not allowed to offer direct emotional support
Flexible ending Defined ending