The Mums and Babies in Mind project, which ended in 2018, was a three year, Big Lottery-funded project, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation on behalf of the MMHA. It supported local leaders to improve services and care pathways for mums with mental health problems and their babies.
Part of MABIM’s legacy is the MMHA Resource Hub which brings together essential resources for UK professionals. You’ll find links to the latest reports, guidance and online training, toolkits and case studies, plus the Pathway Assessment Tool- to help you rate your local services and pathways against national standards.
Explore the hub here
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.
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.