About the Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a UK-wide charity and network of 130 member organisations, parents, and clinicians dedicated to ensuring all women and families impacted by perinatal mental health problems have access to high-quality, compassionate care and support. We bring the maternal mental health community together and make change happen by combining the power of real-life experience with clinical and professional expertise.

Why we exist

Women, babies, and their families are suffering right now. We won’t stop until every woman and family in the UK gets the perinatal mental health care and support they need, before, during and after pregnancy.

How we drive change

We speak with one voice. United by our core aims, we work collectively to maximise impact. We harness our shared expertise, energy and passion to drive the change needed for the mental health needs of women and their families in the perinatal period.

Commitment and collaboration

The MMHA has an active, dynamic, and forward-thinking membership. We strive to work collaboratively to create essential tools and spaces to raise awareness of perinatal mental health problems and help drive the much-needed changes for the mental health needs of women and their families in the perinatal period to be met.

Examples of collaborations include:

Independent evaluation has demonstrated that in the last 10 years, MMHA campaigning has played a key role in helping secure much-needed changes for women and families impacted by perinatal mental illness.

Who we are

The MMHA was founded in 2011 by people with lived experience and organisations who understood the impact of perinatal mental problems and had a commitment to improving the lives of women and their families. Today, we have evolved into a powerful and collaborative alliance supported by a small, dedicated staff team and board.

Our values

Our staff and trustees are guided by a strong set of core principles.

Our history

The Alliance has worked together for 10 years with a shared determination to improve mental health support for women and families across the UK.

Find out more about our history and MMHA’s impact.

Our funders and partners

With thanks to our funders, Comic Relief, The National Lottery, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Mental Health Foundation for making our work possible.

We are also fortunate to work with brilliant corporate partners like Tommee Tippee, Aveeno Baby and Maltesers to raise awareness of perinatal mental illness, educate the general public, and create change for women, birthing people, babies and families now and in the future.

Meet our members