Roland was referred to St. Michael’s by the Teenphase Midwifery service. His partner was four months pregnant and neither was in full-time employment or education. This was Roland’s first child and the pregnancy was unplanned.
At first, Roland avoided phone calls and messages but his partner Sophie persuaded him that St Michael’s might be able to help.
Roland was anxious about fatherhood and providing for three when he was unable to provide work. After several one-to-one sessions, Roland talked about the cracks that were appearing in in his relationship with Sophie. As the pregnancy progressed they were arguing more and he was concerned about her smoking. He was also a smoker and agreed to support her by quitting himself. The St Michael’s keyworker took them both to a weekly smoking cessation workshop and both finally stopped - Roland found it a lot easier than Sophie but continued to attend the classes with her every week until she was free of the habit.
St Michael’s colleagues also worked with Roland and Sophie to help them resolve their conflict, discussing the strains that were creating a barrier between them.
By the time the baby had arrived, Roland was in a different place. He’s started his own gardening business, felt excited and optimistic about the future and loved being a father. Roland and Sophie moved away from south London to an area they felt was more suitable for their baby.