The Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) team are delighted to launch their first toolkit to support the development of Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Teams. Alongside this, a compilation of Leaders’ Top Tips from the first MABIM masterclass in October is also available to download.
Download the toolkit for developing specialist services
Download the Leaders’ Top Tips report from our masterclass
Continue reading Mums and Babies in Mind team launch toolkit for developing specialist services
By Dr Jo Black, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health for NHS England. (pictured here with Dr Giles Berrisford).
The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health is dedicated to supporting research and services surrounding prenatal & postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies. The society has a biennial international conference to showcase cutting edge research and practice. This year’s conference took place in Melbourne at the end of September. In this blog, Dr Jo Black reflects on her experience.
I never expected to be moved by epigenetics. And yet at Marcé 2016 when Professor Rachel Yehuda described the intergenerational trauma in the children of holocaust survivors, the room was transfixed. The tale of human suffering into the second and third generations was emotional and unexpected.
Continue reading Dr Jo Black: My reflections on the International Marcé Conference
This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on how we respond to trauma. To mark this, the Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) team spoke to clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Josephine Harrison, who works with mums who have lost a baby, had a traumatic birth experience or who have struggled with infertility. These issues are, understandably, incredibly difficult for mums. Josephine is linked to the North Middlesex University Hospital which serves people living in Enfield, Haringey and the surrounding areas. Haringey is one of the four areas where MABIM is working.
Continue reading World Mental Health Day blog: Working through loss and trauma
By Sally Hogg, Strategic Lead, Mums and Babies in Mind
Anyone embarking on a journey should be clear on two things: Where they are starting from, and where they want to be. Without these two essential pieces of information, planning and successfully undertaking the journey will be difficult, if not impossible.
The Mums and Babies in Mind mapping tool aims to help local partnerships to answer these questions in relation to their journey to improve perinatal mental health services. Continue reading Your perinatal mental health journey: How we can help
By Emma Jane Sasaru
Emma Jane is a mother to two daughters and passionate about improving maternity and perinatal mental health services for women and their families. The Mums and Babies in Mind team invited Emma to tell her story about birth trauma, perinatal PTSD and how she is making a difference.
We sometimes go through things in life that completely change us.
For me this is certainly true. When I gave birth to my first daughter I suffered birth trauma and then went on to develop perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading…
by Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Mums and Babies in Mind
Last week was an exciting week for the Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) team. NHS England launched a perinatal mental health community service development fund. This is the first opportunity for local services to get their hands on a slice of the £365m promised in January by David Cameron to support the development of perinatal mental health services. Continue reading Six tips for the Perinatal Mental Health Development Fund
by Sally Hogg, Strategic Lead for Mums and Babies in Mind
It’s great to be writing this, the first blog post for the Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) Project. We hope that our blog will be a key part of the project; a useful source of information, ideas and inspiration for anyone who is working to try and improve services for mums with perinatal mental health problems and their babies. Continue reading Mums and Babies in Mind: We know what good looks like but how do we get there?