Labour and beginning of maternity is a sensitive phase in a woman's life during which she is feeling vulnerable, because she is called to face a number of new experiences and crucial changes in her appearance, daily life, relations, which create a different reality. Family balance is often disrupted, mainly in cases of psycho-social or economic issues, and becomes of urgent importance to cover emotional, physical and psychological needs mostly of women who at the same time experience social exclusion, racism, poverty and marginalisation.
From November 2013 until September 2015 Fainareti implemented the Action Plan "Counselling and Support of Immigrant Pregnant Women and New mothers". In total, 254 immigrant pregnant women and new mothers have received services regarding preparation for parenthood, promotion of breast-feeding, midwifery postpartum care, psychological support for the prevention, timely detection and treatment of perinatal mental disorders, such as postpartum depression. Moreover, several actions of networking activities with other non-governmental organisations have taken place in order to create an effective network of referrals regarding issues of immigrants' care. As part of the action Plan "Counselling and Support of Immigrant Pregnant Women and New mothers" FAINARETI has also drafted and distributed the following informational Care Guide for Pregnant Women and New Mothers in 4 languages: Greek, English, French, Russian.
The Action Plan was part of the Act 3.2.4 "Support of N.G.O" (Women's Organisations)" (Cycles A and B) of the Operational Programme "Administrative Reform 2007-2013" of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, with the Coordination, Managing and Implementation Authority for co-funded actions of the Ministry of Interior as a beneficiary.