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.

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.


Sally Hogg – Strategic Lead,  Mums and Babies in Mind

Sally Hogg is the Strategic Lead for MABIM. Sally has wide-ranging expertise in how interventions, services and policies can support families to improve their mental health and wellbeing, particularly during pregnancy and infancy. She has experience of service design, implementation science, delivery and scale up, developed through a variety of roles in government and in the voluntary sector.


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.



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Sally Hogg Strategic Lead
Fiona Salter, Communications Lead

Phone: 020 7803 1127