Maternal Mental Health Alliance

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What is Mums and Babies in Mind?

Between 10% and 20% of women develop mental health problems during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth (referred to as the ‘perinatal period’). Women in around half of the UK have no access to specialist perinatal mental health services and in other geographical areas, services are inadequate.

The Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) project is based in Blackpool, Haringey, Southend and Gloucestershire. We work with local leaders in these areas to improve services for mums with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth, and their babies.

Mums and Babies in Mind is a Maternal Mental Health Alliance project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It lasts for three years, until September 2018.

We use the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance to support and motivate those who commission and provide services in the four areas. In each area we aim to identify the barriers to service improvement, and to inform and support effective solutions. This will result in good quality, evidence-based care pathways including information, support and treatment, at the right time, for all mums who need it.

We capture the work we do and share our learning through online tools and communications that inform and inspire those who commission and provide services across the UK.

The improvement of local services will lead to better care and outcomes for women who experience perinatal mental health problems in the four areas each year, and their babies. Over time the project will accelerate improvements for more and more women and babies across the country.


Where we are working

 

Mums and Babies in Mind works in four areas of England: Blackpool, Gloucestershire, Haringey and Southend.

 

BLACKPOOL

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Blackpool is a seaside resort in Lancashire on England’s North West coast. It has a population of 140,500, an annual birth rate of 1820 and was rated seventh most deprived town in the country in 2015*. Blackpool is a unitary authority and the town is covered by Blackpool CCG.  Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves the area and women can give birth in Blackpool Victoria Hospital or Flyde Coast Birthing Unit. There is a small specialist perinatal mental health team in Blackpool (2 nurses and 0.1 FTE  psychiatrist)There is also a specialist midwife and health visitor in the town.

The MABIM team are working with Blackpool Better Start to drive forward improvements in services for mums with mental health problems and their babies. A Better Start is a major strategic prorgamme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focused on developing and testing new approaches to prevention in pregnancy and the first four years of life.

Project Lead: Deborah O’Dea, Development Manager (Early Health and Care Plan) Centre for Early Childhood Development

Perinatal Mental Health RAG rating on the map: Red

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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Gloucestershire is a rural county in South West England which comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. It is covered by Gloucestershire County Council, which includes 6 districts and boroughs, including the towns of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. Gloucestershire has a population of 611,300 and a birth rate of 6,630. The area is served by Gloucester CCG. Women can choose to give birth in a number of settings provided by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust including Midwife Led Birth Units, a Delivery Suite staffed by midwives and doctors or at home.

The MABIM team are working with Helen Ford, a Senior Commissioner for children and maternity services at Gloucestershire CCG, who is leading the work on perinatal mental health. Helen works closely with an established and enthusiastic network of commissioners and providers, who have developed a 5 point plan for improving perinatal and infant mental health services in the county.

Project Lead: Helen Ford, Midwife and Senior Commissioner for children and maternity services, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Perinatal Mental Health RAG rating on the map: Red

 

HARINGEY

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The London Borough of Haringey is in North London. The borough has a population of 267,000 and a birth rate of 4010. It has extreme contrasts: areas in the west are among the most prosperous in the country; in the east of the borough, some wards are classified as being among the most deprived 10% in the country.

Families move around within the borough and many speak additional languages which can make service provision challenging.

Haringey’s two main acute hospital providers are the North Middlesex University Hospital and Whittington Health.  Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is the main mental health service provider.

Commissioners in Haringey are working closely with those in Barnet, Enfield, Camden and Islington on a joint mental health transformation plan, which includes a workstream on perinatal mental health. Haringey is also supported by the London Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network.

Project Lead: Julie Juliff, Head of Maternity Commissioning

Perinatal Mental Health RAG rating on the map: Red

 

SOUTHEND

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Southend is a seaside resort town in Essex on the north side of the Thames Estuary, 40 miles east of central London. It is a unitary authority area with borough status and is bordered to the north by Rochford and to the west by Castle Point. Southend has a population of 177,900, a birth rate of 2212 and is one of Essex’s most deprived areas.* Health services in Southend are commissioned by Southend CCG and women from both Southend and Castle Point can give birth in Southend University Hospital.

The MABIM team are working with Southend Better Start. A Better Start is a major strategic prorgamme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focused on developing and testing new approaches to prevention in pregnancy and the first four years of life.

Lead: A Better Start, Southend

Perinatal Mental Health RAG rating on the map: Pink

*The Department for Communities and Local Government’s 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation

 


Who we are – the Mums and Babies in Mind Team

 

alain2Dr Alain Gregoire – Clinical Lead, Mums and Babies in Mind

Dr Gregoire is the Clincal Lead for MABIM. He is founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Dr Gregoire 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.

alaingregoire@maternalmentalhealthalliance.org

Beckie Lang – Strategic Lead, (interim) Mums and Babies in Mind

Beckie Lang is the interim Strategic Lead for MABIM. Beckie is also the national perinatal mental health project manager for the NCT delivering the ‘Parents in Mind’ project which is developing peer support for mums with mental health problems. Her background is in nutrition and public health policy. rlang@mentalhealth.org.uk

Fiona Salter – Media and Communications Officer, Mums and Babies in Mind

Fiona leads on communications for Mums and Babies in Mind. Her background is in media relations and campaigning for international development and women’s rights.  fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

 


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Sally Hogg Strategic Lead rlang@mentalhealth.org.uk
Alain Gregoire, Clinical Lead alaingregoire@maternalmentalhealthalliance.org
Fiona Salter, Communications Lead fsalter@mentalhealth.org.uk

Phone: 020 7803 1141


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