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Supporting positive conversations about feeding choice and mental health in the perinatal period

by Shereen Fisher and Wendy Jones.

Wendy Jones  is a pharmacist, published author and a Registered Supporter and Trainer with the Breastfeeding Network. Wendy has combined these two roles and has developed a special interest in the safety of drugs in breastmilk. She has run the Drugs in Breastmilk service for the charity since 2007.
Shereen Fisher, Chief Executive of the Breastfeeding Network, has over 15 years leadership and management experience working in the charity sector. She is passionate and driven to improve awareness on issues affecting choice in infant feeding for all families and breastfeeding mothers.

The relationship between how a woman feeds her baby, and her perinatal mental health is a complex one.

Our emotional state and mental health in the perinatal period may affect how we decide to feed our baby. Choosing how we feed our little one may be based on many things such as how our own mum fed us, advice from professionals and what we have seen friends and family do. Our emotional wellbeing – factors such as how we feel about ourselves, our bodies and our relationships – can also influence this decision. Continue reading Supporting positive conversations about feeding choice and mental health in the perinatal period

‘Inspiring and full of innovative buzz’ the first Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference

“Such an inspiring inaugural event full of innovative buzz,” “Learnt so much at MMHA Conference Bring on 2018!” Tweets like this summed up the response to the First Annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference on the transgenerational impact of poor maternal mental health.

Everyone who attended, plus the hundreds who followed the day’s events on Twitter, appreciated the chance to hear cutting edge research mixed with stories of lived experience. The conference had a strong following on social media, trending on Twitter during the morning and gathering 4.4 million Twitter impressions for #MMHAconf17.

Continue reading ‘Inspiring and full of innovative buzz’ the first Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference

Winners of the first perinatal mental health awards 2017 announced

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) have announced the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards.

The awards, which were announced on 13th September at the first Annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference at Imperial College, London, recognise best practice and achievement in the categories of perinatal mental health education and training, perinatal mental health awareness raising, peer support and transgenerational service.

The winners were presented with their awards by acclaimed author, journalist and psychotherapist Susie Orbach.

Dr Camilla Rosan, Programme Lead for Families, Children and Young People at the Mental Health Foundation, said:

“We had nearly 100 nominations from the public, private and charity sectors. We were looking for projects and services with a creative and innovative approach to perinatal mental health and we found some real heroes.

“Early intervention for maternal mental health can have a dramatic impact on outcomes for mothers, fathers, children and the wider community.

“Our winners and runners up are making a real difference to the mental health of women and their families, helping to break the cycle of intergenerational mental ill health.”

Dr Alain Gregoire, founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said:

“This is a remarkable group of cutting-edge scientists gathered at Imperial College to discuss mental health across the generations and the earliest possible interventions to prevent mental health problems.”

Continue reading Winners of the first perinatal mental health awards 2017 announced

Countdown to the first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference – 13th September 2017

There’s just a few days until the first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference and we’re busy preparing for what promises to be an inspiring day at Imperial College, London.

The theme is ‘Intergenerational Mental Health: working with mums and babies in perinatal mental health practice’.

The conference, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, will bring together international experts, practitioners and service users to share best practice and showcase new approaches to breaking the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems.

At the conference we will announce the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards recognising achievement and innovation in the categories of perinatal mental health education and training, perinatal mental health awareness raising, peer support and transgenerational service.

Conference places have sold out but you can follow the speakers and award winners on Twitter using #MMHAconf17 and #MABIM.

Interviews with the speakers and film from the day will be available online after the event.

Top Tips for Securing your Wave 2 Funding

Are you ready for wave 2 of the perinatal health community service development fund?

Read our top tips for preparing your bid and securing your slice of the new funding, written by Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Psychiatrist and Chair of the MMHA.

NHS England will be launching wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community service development fund. This is the second opportunity for local services, working in partnership, to get their hands on a slice of the new, recurrent money provided by the government for the development of specialist perinatal mental health services.

Continue reading Top Tips for Securing your Wave 2 Funding

First annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference to explore intergenerational mental health

The first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference Intergenerational Mental Health: working with mums and babies in perinatal mental health practice, will take place on 13th  September 2017 at Imperial College, London.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of over eighty five national professional and patient organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

The conference, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, brings together international experts, practitioners, service users and academics to explore how a whole-family approach can break the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems. Continue reading First annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference to explore intergenerational mental health

Priority setting in local services with use of the MABIM mapping tool

by Julia Thompson. Julia is a Health Improvement Principal in the Children’s Public Health Team at Sheffield City Council. Prior to her role in Sheffield she has held a variety of positions in health and local government at local, national and regional levels, and has a particular interest in strengthening partnerships across organisations and with communities to improve wellbeing and outcomes. Julia has been Sheffield’s lead for perinatal and infant mental health lead for over two and a half years.

Sheffield has been working hard to improve support for women experiencing mental health problems during the perinatal period through better co-ordinated treatment and support.

At the heart of this has been our integrated perinatal mental health care pathway which was finalised in 2015. Developed with the involvement of health visiting, midwifery, primary care and specialist services, this is now the agreed model of support in the city and the basis on which professionals work together.  The care pathway provides a strong foundation for improving identification and referral and developing services, but we know that more work is needed to improve women’s experiences of care and to achieve better outcomes. Continue reading Priority setting in local services with use of the MABIM mapping tool

Putting fathers in the picture

 

by Sharin Baldwin. Sharin is a trained nurse, midwife and health visitor and a keen advocate for health visiting. Her research interest is the mental health and wellbeing of fathers, an area that is fairly neglected. She is currently undertaking a PhD in this field at King’s College London and is the first health visitor to be awarded a Clinical Doctoral Fellowship by NIHR.

Fathers’ mental health and wellbeing has attracted more media attention is recent months but despite this there is very little support out there for new fathers. We know that as men become fathers they face many changes and new challenges, as women do, which can increase stress and have a negative impact on their mental wellbeing.

Continue reading Putting fathers in the picture

Conference

 

Intergenerational Mental Health: keeping parents and babies in mind in perinatal mental health work

Join practitioners, service users and academics to explore how a whole-family approach can break the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems.

The conference aims to highlight ground-breaking academic research, showcase innovative practice, and tell the stories of perinatal mental health service users across the UK. It will cover topic areas such as:

  • the relationship between maternal mental health and parent-infant relationships
  • trauma-focused care and taking an intergenerational perspective
  • using evidence-based psychological approaches in your practice – such as videofeedback and mentalisation
  • ·working holistically with families experiencing domestic abuse
  • assessing psychosocial risk and resilience in complex cases

Speakers include international experts, including:

  • Susie Orbach, Psychotherapist and author
  • Mark Hanson, Professor of Cardiovascular Science, University of Southampton
  • Shiela Redfern, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Services, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Louise Howard, Head of Women’s Mental Health, King’s College London & Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist
  • Claudia Buss, Professor of Medical Psychology, Charité University Medicine Berlin
  • Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry, King’s College London & Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist

Tickets available here.

Posters

We welcome posters showing innovative research and/or practice. Submit your poster here.

Awards

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance introduces the first perinatal mental health awards. These inaugural awards will recognise best practice and achievement in:

Perinatal mental health education and training award

This award is for an education, training or service provider that has shown innovation and leadership in improving perinatal mental health practice knowledge and competence through teaching or training. This could be either a local or a national initiative, be face-to-face or digital.

Anti-stigma award for perinatal mental health awareness raising

This award is for a project, initiative or campaign that has significantly raised awareness around perinatal mental health difficulties and in doing so contributed to reducing the stigma of speaking out and seeking help.

Perinatal peer support award

This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector that delivers a peer-support programme for parents and their families in the perinatal period. Programmes that are not exclusively peer-support-based will be considered as long as peer-support comprises a significant component of the work.

Partner involvement award

This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector that shows innovation in how they engage and involve partners in their work – both in terms of how they support partner wellbeing in the perinatal period and also in relation to including them in their work with as critical supporters and carers of the mother.

Big Lottery transgenerational service award

This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector, and displays excellence through giving equal weight to supporting parental (or even grandparental) mental health alongside the parent-infant relationship during the perinatal period.

We would like to invite nominations for each of these awards. Nominees should note that:

  • Anyone can submit a nomination for an award, and we encourage nominations from a range of sources including perinatal specialists, users of perinatal services and their family members, academics, and other professionals
  • All awards are open to nominees working within the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • All award submissions will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel including judges with lived experience of perinatal mental health difficulties, and winners will be selected based on a pre-established scoring system

Do you know a project which deserves to be recognised?  Nominate it here. Deadline: 31 July 2017.

Tickets available on Eventbrite

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund

MABIM Masterclass 3 : Midwives and health visitors in perinatal mental health

What is it? This short report captures the key messages from our third masterclass event which was on the role of midwives and health visitors in perinatal mental health services.

What is it for? The document contains top tips from our expert speakers who work as midwives and health visitors within perinatal mental health.  The importance of the specialist role is included. It provides information and examples of how important the roles are within perinatal mental health and the way the specialist role can be valuable for the wider team.

How can it be used?  Commissioners, providers and clinicians can use the top tips to learn lessons from those who have experience in midwifery and health visiting and how these roles can be enhanced to provide specialist support in perinatal mental health care. Please tweet and share the report with anyone who might find it useful.