The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of UK organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.
There is extensive evidence that investing in mental health at this early stage could have a dramatic impact on long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers, children, families and society. Our vision is ‘to improve the lives of mothers and their infants’. We are motivated by the current shortfall in the quality, availability and accessibility of antenatal and postnatal mental health care and the lack of knowledge about this issue amongst health and social work professionals and the wider public.
The MMHA currently comprises over eighty organisations, including professional bodies such as Royal Colleges and organisations that represent, or provide care and support to, parents and families.
The MMHA team
Dr Alain Gregoire, Chair, MMHA
Dr Gregoire is founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. He is a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, and has contributed to the development of policy, guidance and clinical services in the UK and abroad. He is determined to ensure that all women have access to care for their mental health which is at least as good as the care available for their physical health in pregnancy and postnatally.
Dr Alain Gregoire is Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He set up and leads the national award winning Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides comprehensive integrated community and inpatient services to women with severe mental health problems in pregnancy and postnatally. He has conducted research into perinatal services, mental health of mothers in prisons and other aspects of perinatal mental health. He began his postgraduate medical training in obstetrics, but on finding that the most ill women, who also received the worst care, were those with mental health problems, he switched to psychiatry and completed his training at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry.
Clare Dolman, Vice Chair, MMHA
Clare is the Vice Chair of the MMHA and a Trustee of the charity Action on Postpartum Pyschosis (APP). She is a freelance journalist who has had bipolar disorder since her early 20′s. She experienced an episode of PP after the birth of her first child.
Clare is the Vice-Chair of trustees for the national mental health charity Bipolar UK. She lectures on Public and Patient Involvement in Health services at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, where she is completing a PhD on decision-making about pregnancy and childbirth in women with bipolar disorder.
Anna France-Williams, Senior Media and Communications Officer, Mums and Babies in Mind and Secretariat to the MMHA
Anna is the Communications lead for the MMHA’s Mums and Babies in Mind Project as well as the Secretariat for the MMHA. She has a background in media and public relations and has worked in-house at the Daily Telegraph, at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and on events for a charity supporting street-based sex workers. As media officer for Campaigns at UNICEF UK she was involved in promoting campaigns around trafficking and HIV/AIDS and taking journalists to see projects in Africa. Anna has co-written and published two books aimed at mums of young children.