About Mellow Bumps

Mellow Bumps program is offered in collaboration with Mellow Parenting based in Glasgow, Scotland. Mellow parenting programs are based on research and are being delivered across the globe since 1996, making them specialists in the field. Mellow Bumps is a seven week group based antenatal programme for parentsto- be. The programme aims to decrease the stress levels of parents-to-be in pregnancy, improve their own wellbeing and help them to build a relationship with their baby before birth.

Babies are born ready to interact and this interaction is important for brain development, social and emotional development. Each week there is a theme for the mum or dad, support group session, a baby activity and a relaxation exercise.

Parenting Intervention Programs

Mellow Bumps & Mellow Dads-to-be are our antenatal programmes, delivered in separate seven week groups for mums and dads to be with each session lasting two hours.

Mellow Bumps & Mellow Dads

Mellow Bumps is a seven week group based antenatal programme for expecting parents. The programme aims to decrease the stress levels of expecting parents, improve their mental wellbeing and help build a relationship with their baby before birth.

It supports parents to understand that babies are born ready to interact and the importance of this interaction on brain development, social and emotional development of the baby. Each week there is a theme for the mum or dad, support group session, a baby activity and a relaxation exercise.

Mellow Bumps is offered between twenty to thirty weeks gestation to capture the period when the pregnancy is most secure, and the parents would have experienced foetal movement. The program ends before attention is taken up with the preparation for the arrival of the baby.

These programmes will be conducted both online and offline.

Mellow Bumps & Mellow Dads-to-be are our antenatal programmes, delivered in separate seven week groups for mums and dads to be with each session lasting two hours.

Mellow Bumps

A programme intended to decrease the stress levels of mums during pregnancy, to help them recognise how their babies are prepared for social interaction from birth and understand the importance of early interaction for brain development.
Each week there will be an activity for the mum to understand the above topics as well and another baby related topic.
The programme is designed to be delivered between 20th to 30th week of gestation to capture the period when pregnancy is most secure and the mother can experience foetal movement yet attention has not been taken up by excitement/preparation of delivery.

Mellow Dads

Similar to the mums group, mellow dads is intended to reduce the stress levels to allow them to better support their partners during pregnancy.
While the programme was originally designed to be offered to mums during pregnancy Mellow dads was designed for partners who wish to be more involved in supporting the pregnancy and help achieve better outcomes for their babies.
It will also offer a safe space for dads-to-be to understand and discuss how to cope with certain pregnancy related anxieties like finance, managing work alongside parental responsibilities, coping with the changes in lifestyle and learn self care.

Mellow Bumps Team
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Mamtha
Group Facilitator

Mamtha Rajesh has been practicing as a counselor since 2000 and has worked with thousands of individuals across India and the world in their journey of self discovery. She has extensive training in non directive counselling, psychotherapy, transactional analysis, sexual wellness and expressive art mediums like art therapy and sand tray therapy. She has worked with individuals, couples and families over two decades. She has also worked in the corporate space as a consultant counselor. This rich and diverse experience has gifted her with a nuanced understanding of human emotions and its myriad ways of impacting people and their problems. A therapist can only take their client to a place where they have been themselves. As an ethical practitioner she has been in supervision and in personal therapy herself since 2006 and strives to understand and see herself at a deeper level. This helps her to see, hear and understand the client better.

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Mihika
Group Facilitator

Mihika Rajesh is one of the rare young Indians, who early in life at the age of 16, decided to become a psychologist to work towards providing a safe space for children’s mental health and provide support for parents raising young children. In pursuit of this, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of science in Mental Health for Children and Young People from the University of Edinburgh. She has spent many years volunteering with children at Kidwai memorial institute of oncology, Bangalore and with Let us Dream, an NGO in the USA to build children’s identity and self esteem. As an ethical practitioner she is in personal therapy and supervision

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Rosemary

Rosemary’s passion is to support the growth and continuing professional development of all Mellow staff to achieve their potential, which in turn helps make the Mellow team a strong base with the knowledge and capability to support the many Mellow Practitioners throughout the world.Rosemary, as a qualified member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, has been with Mellow Parenting since the organisation’s inception in 2006. Through supporting the organisation becoming a registered charity in Scotland, leading it through gaining limited company registration with charitable status, achieving ISO 9001 Quality Standard and also the Charity Excellence Framework Quality Mark, Rosemary continues to ensure that Governance and strong leadership is paramount to the success of the Organisation. Her key role is to ensure that Mellow Parenting continues to flourish and that the many parents and families throughout the world are able to access Mellow Programmes, by working to set up new partnerships and teams around the globe.

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Raquib

Raquib is committed to strengthening parent-child relationships, and improving parent- child wellbeing. He has a Masters Degree in Children and Young People's Mental Health & Psychological Practice from the University of Edinburgh (UK)and over 14 year's experience in the field of mental health.As the Mellow HQ Research & Development Officer and qualified Trainer, Raquib has had the privilege of working directly with professionals and families in each country Mellow interventions are used. He has supported professionals from across a wide range of disciplines working in the early years and mental health field. His key role involves supporting organisations to implement Mellow interventions in their local areas and evaluate the intervention by testing for impact and cultural-contextual appropriateness. Then using this learning to share best practice and bridge the gap between practice, research and policy. As a strong advocate of improving perinatal mental health services Raquib is a member of the Global Alliance Maternal Mental health (GAMMH) steering group and a supporter of the UK Infant Mental Health Alliance (UK).

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Rachel

Rachel is passionate about community based family support and ending institutional care for children. In particular, she seeks to champion the rights of children with additional needs and disability. She has a Masters in Community Disability Studies from the Institute of Child Health, University College London and a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. In 2002, she went to work and live in Tajikistan, and became a Disability Programme Coordinator for an INGO. In 2015, she began working at Mellow Parenting. In her role as International and Programme Lead she is involved in designing programmes and delivers on and offline Mellow Parenting training and supervision in the UK and internationally. She represents Mellow on the UK Parenting Programme Alliance and the Scottish International Development Alliance. In addition, she is training advisor for The Women’s Council who support the work of ADAPT in Mumbai.