Mums and Babies in Mind

Welcome to the Mums and Babies in Mind Project. We support local leaders in four areas of England to improve care and quality of life for mums with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year of life, and their babies.

These pages are for those working in perinatal mental health. We want to equip and inspire you with the tools and information you need to provide excellent perinatal mental health services for mums and their infants.

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.



» Follow @MMHAlliance on Twitter and use #MABIM to join the conversation on improving local perinatal mental health services

» Read our blog

» Get in touch with us about your work in perinatal mental health

» If you are a mum with lived experience of perinatal mental health please share your story with us by emailing

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