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  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance CG192 (NICE 2014)

    NICE guideline covers recognising, assessing and treating mental health problems in women who are planning to have a baby, or during the perinatal period. NICE guidance is officially England-only but useful to those working in the devolved nations.

  • CCQI Service Standards for Mother and Baby Units, 4th Ed (RCPysch 2014)

    Best practice standards for Mother and Baby Units in the UK, created by the Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services.

  • CCQI service standards for perinatal mental health community teams 2nd Ed (RCPysch 2014)

    Best practice standards for community perinatal mental health teams, created by the UK Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services.

  • Developing a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Service (MMHA 2016)

    The first report in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series. This report outlines why specialist services matter, and shares lessons about how to develop and deliver effective services.

  • Everyone’s Business Mother and Baby Unit Maps (MMHA)

    Map by MMHA showing accredited mother and baby units in the UK, including address details.

  • Falling through the Gaps – Perinatal mental health and general practice (RCGP 2015)

    A comprehensive report evaluating how women fall through the gaps in obtaining adequate perinatal care from general practitioners, based on a survey of GPs.

  • Father’s roles in perinatal mental health (Adrienne Burgess 2015)

    An article looking at the role of fathers in the health and wellbeing of mothers and infants, including in new mothers’ depression and its impact on children.

  • Five Year Forward View Implementation Plan (NHS England 2016)

    Provides plan for implementation of recommendations from Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS – intended to lay out a blueprint for their delivery up to 2020/21.

  • From Bumps to Babies: Perinatal Mental Health Care in Wales (NSPCC 2018)

    A report by the NSPCC in partnership with other organisations in Wales, exploring perinatal mental health provision and how this care is being experienced by women and their partners, and making recommendations for improvement.

  • Getting it right for mothers and babies (NSPCC 2015)

    This NSPCC Scotland report, written with Maternal Mental Health Scotland, provides an insight into the current state of perinatal mental health services in Scotland.

  • Guidance for Commissioners of Perinatal Mental Health Services Vol 2 (JCPMH 2012)

    This guidance has been written for commissioners of perinatal mental health services in England, to assist specialised commissioners, as well as Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards.

  • Management of Perinatal Mood Guideline 127 (SIGN 2012)

    This guideline, from Scotland, provides evidence based guidance for the management of antenatal and postnatal mood and anxiety disorders. The guideline covers prediction, detection and prevention, management in both primary and secondary care.

  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance Pathway Assessment Tool (MMHA 2016)

    The Pathway Assessment Tool, created by the Mums and Babies in Mind project, helps local partners rate their local services and pathways against national standards and best practice to identify strengths and gaps where more work is needed.

  • Mental health champions briefing (MMHA 2018)

    A briefing paper on perinatal mental health for local authority Mental Health Member Champions produced by the Everyone’s Business Campaign together with the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Challenge.

  • Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit (RCGP)

    A toolkit created by the RCGP to assist members of the primary care team to deliver the highest quality care to women with mental health problems, plus additional learning for individual practitioners.

  • Perinatal Mental Health: E-learning for Health Care Modules (DH, RCGP and iHV 2015)

    This e-learning programme has two parts: Perinatal Mental Health for Health Visitors, and Perinatal Mental Health for professionals working in different disciplines. The programme has been designed to help educate and increase awareness.

  • Prevention in Mind (NSPCC 2013)

    This report by the NSPCC shines a spotlight on perinatal mental illness: it discusses their nature, prevalence, and effects on families; the care that women and their families need, and the gaps in services that currently exist in England.

  • Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health: What they do and why they matter (Health Education England)

    Report by Health Education England explaining what Specialist Health Visitors (PIMH) do, how they support the vital work of the wider health visitor workforce and why such posts are needed within all health visiting services.

  • Specialist Mental Health Midwives: What they do and why they matter (MMHA, NSPCC, RCM 2014)

    Report outlining the role of Specialist Mental Health Midwives in perinatal mental health care, identifying gaps in service help maternity managers and commissioners strengthen these roles in their areas.

  • Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Toolkit (MMHA 2016)

    A set of 17 documents (eg. job descriptions, letters, referral forms) from existing perinatal mental health teams in Hampshire, Berkshire and Devon. Providing ideas and inspiration for anyone setting up or running a specialist community service.

  • Support Overdue: Women’s experiences of maternity services (NCT and WI 2017)

    This report presents the findings of the NFWI’s and NCT’s second survey of women’s experiences of maternity care, providing insights into the experiences of 2,500 women who gave birth in England or Wales in 2014- 2016

  • The costs of perinatal mental health problems (LSE and CMH 2014)

    Independent report by LSE and Centre for Mental Health to document the economic costs of perinatal mental illness for UK society. Commissioned by theMMHA's Everyone's Business campaign.

  • The Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways (NHS England 2018)

    This document sets out care pathways and guidance on how to address inequalities in access to services. It provides services with evidence on what works in perinatal mental health and case studies of positive

  • Warwickshire plan on a page (Warwickshire 2017)

    A one page plan showing Warwickshire's priorities for perinatal mental health and how they will be achieved. This is a great example of local agencies coming together to understand local needs and develop a shared vision for action.

  • 1001 Critical Days Manifesto (1001 Critical Days APPG 2016)

    A cross-party manifesto that sets out a vision for services in the UK for the early years period, and puts forward the moral, social and economic case for the importance of the conception to age 2 period.

  • A Quick Guide to conception to age 2: the Age of Opportunity (Wave Trust 2014)

    A report that consolidates and translates the best available scientific research and international evidence on the earliest years, and makes recommendations for policy and practice. Produced with the Department for Education in England.

  • Action on Postpartum Psychosis Personal Experience films (APP)

    A collection of personal stories, poetry, art & videos created by women who have experienced postpartum psychosis or their families, to help others to understand their lived experience of this condition.

  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health Quality Standard QS115 (NICE 2016)

    This NICE quality standard covers recognising, assessing and treating mental health problems in women planning a pregnancy or in the perinatal period. Also covers the organisation of mental health services.

  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health: summary of updated NICE guidance (BMJ 2014)

    A British Medical Journal (BMJ) summary of the NICE perinatal mental health guidelines highlighting important recommendations for clinicians.

  • Babies Can’t Wait (Catherine Mee and Katie Reed 2017)

    A presentation from the 2017 MMHA conference about the development of an integrated perinatal and infant mental health pathway in Tameside and Glossop using the THRIVE model.

  • Babies in Mind: Why the Parents’ Mind Matters (Warwick University 2016)

    Online training that introduces evidence about the factors that influences a child’s developing mind from conception through infancy - focussing specifically on the importance of parents' minds.

  • Baby scenarios (MMHA 2016)

    This list of scenarios – described from a baby’s point of view – is a discussion tool to help you to review the services that exist in your area for women with perinatal mental illness and their families, and whether services are equipped to identify risks and issues when they arise. It was created by the Mums and Babies in Mind project.

  • Better Health Briefing: The Maternal Mental Health of Migrant Women (Race Equality Foundation 2014)

    This paper explores female migration to the UK; investigates evidence about low take-up of maternal mental health related services, and considers how providers can develop services which meet their needs.

  • Beyond Peer Support: Twitter and Perinatal Mental Health (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Laura Wood for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project about her story of perinatal mental illness, and how online peer support has helped her and others.

  • Bradford District Care Foundation Trust: Improving Perinatal Mental Health Practice (Bradford District Care 2016)

    A local example from the NICE shared learning database. This perinatal mental health project aimed to improve practice across universal and the mental health stepped care model by embedding NICE recommendations .

  • Breakdown or Breakthrough (NSPCC 2011)

    This series of 5 short films shows help professionals to develop a greater understanding of perinatal and infant mental health and how to work with parents and babies who are at risk of emotional harm.

  • Breaking the cycle (Dr Kirsten Barnicott 2017)

    A presentation from the 2017 MMHA conference about using a video feedback intervention to prevent the intergenerational transmission of trauma.

  • Building Better Perinatal Mental Health Services (London Network 2015)

    A short film produced by the London Strategic Clinical Network bringing to life the experiences of women with perinatal mental illness and the work of professionals who support them.

  • Caring for Women with Mental Health Problems: Standards and Competency Framework for Midwives (RCM 2015)

    A document setting out the role, standards and competencies expected of all post registration midwives in the UK around maternal mental health, and of midwives specialising in maternal mental health.

  • Commissioning in Perinatal Mental Health: Everyone’s Business (MMHA 2016)

    A blog post written by Sally Hogg for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing what commissioning is, why it matters and how providers and women with lived experience should inform commissioning.

  • Commissioning Perinatal Mental Health Services (MMHA 2017)

    The second report in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips Series. This report discusses how commissioners, providers and communities can work together to ensure a comprehensive and high quality offer for all women.

  • Depression in Pregnancy (Prof Carmine Pariante 2017)

    A presentation from the 2017 MMHA conference about the molecular, clinical and psychosocial effects of depression in pregnancy.

  • Developing a perinatal mental health strategy (MHA 2017)

    In this blog post for Mums and Babies in Mind Project, Julie Julliff, Head of Maternity Services for Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group, talks abooutdeveloping a strategy for perinatal mental health services.

  • Developmental origins of mental health: new insights into mechanisms and interventions (Prof Mark Hanson 2017)

    This presentation from the 2017 MMHA explores the complex interplay of genetic, epigenetic and developmental environment factors that shape people’s mental health.

  • Domestic Violence and other social determinants of perinatal mental health: How can we prevent maternal and child morbidity and mortality? (Louise Howard 2017)

    This presentation from the 2017 MMHA explores social determinants of perinatal mental health, including domestic violence and how this should inform clinical practice.

  • East Midlands Service Specification (East Midlands 2013)

    Service specification produced by East Midlands Specialised Perinatal Community Psychiatric Team, outlining care provision from pregnancy into the post natal period.

  • Emma’s story: Beyond Birth Trauma (MMHA 2016)

    A blog post written by Emma Jane Sasaru for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project. Emma tells her story about birth trauma, perinatal PTSD and making a difference for other women.

  • Establishing a Lead Commissioner in Perinatal Mental Health (MMHA 2016)

    In this blog post for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, Helen Ford, from Gloucestershire CCG discusses the value of having a Lead Commissioner for perinatal mental health, leading joint work across the local area.

  • Every mother must get the help they need (RCM 2017)

    The report of the analysis of comments left at Lucie Holland’s petition about the urgent need for better awareness and care for those affected by maternal mental health problems.

  • Everyone’s Business Campaign Evaluation report (Granville Associates 2016)

    An independent evaluation of the first phase of the MMHA's Everyone’s Business Campaign. The Campaign, funded by Comic Relief, calls for greater provision of specialist perinatal mental health support in the UK.

  • Everyone’s Business Campaign Maps (MMHA 2018)

    Maps showing the provision and quality of specialist perinatal mental health community team services across the UK.

  • Exeter Service Specification (Exeter)

    A useful example from Exeter of a service specification for perinatal mental health service provision, outlining process and criteria from referral through to discharge.

  • Fear of childbirth (Tokophobia) and traumatic experience of childbirth: best practice toolkit (Pan-London Network 2018)

    This toolkit offers best practice guidance about identifying and treating tokophobia. It draws on the current evidence and recommendations of a group of experts in the field.

  • Fifteen steps for maternity (NHS England 2018)

    This document, focusing on maternity, is part of a suite of toolkits produced by NHS England, which help to explore the experience of service users and involve them in quality assurance processes.

  • Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (MH Taskforce to NHSE 2016)

    Broad-ranging strategy paper by the Mental Health Taskforce looking at the funding and provision of mental health services in England, from crisis care to long term support.

  • Getting it right for every child (Scottish Government)

    GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.

  • Gloucestershire plan on a page (Gloucestershire 2016)

    A one page infographic showing Gloucestershire's perinatal mental health priorities. This is a great example of local agencies coming together to understand local needs and develop a shared vision for action.

  • Hampshire PMH service model (Hampshire 2013)

    Detailed review by Hampshire Perinatal Health Service or their work throughout 2013, with plans for continued professional development and future goals.

  • Head Up, Heart Strong (Devon 2014)

    This film captures the stories of women who have experienced the most extreme episodes of perinatal depression and post-partum psychosis and who have been supported by the Devon Perinatal Mental Health Service.

  • Health Matters: Giving Every Child the Best Start in Life (Public Health England 2016)

    This resource for health professionals and local authorities in England focuses on services from pregnancy through to 2 years old. It contains summaries of evidence, infographics and links to government policy .

  • Healthy Child Programme (Modules 5 and 6 on attachment, parenting, development and behaviour) (e-learning for Healthcare)

    An e-learning programme for all healthcare professionals working with pregnancy and the first five years of life.

  • Healthy Start, Healthy Scotland (Royal College of Psychiatrists, Scotland 2015)

    A briefing paper about improving the mental health of mothers and babies in Scotland.

  • I’m ready to thrive not just survive: Lindsay Robinson’s story (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Lindsay Robinson of Northern Ireland for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing her experience of antenatal and postnatal depression which led her to campaign for maternal mental health.

  • Identifying women at high risk of severe mental illness: A learning programme for midwives (All Wales PMH Group)

    This learning programme has been designed by the All-Wales Perinatal Mental Health Group. It centres on key questions to help predict women at risk of severe mental illness during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Improving Access to Perinatal Mental Health Services – A Review (NHS Improving Quality 2015)

    NHS report providing an overview of perinatal mental health care and support, highlighting gaps in service provision, sharing lived women’s lived experiences and offering opportunities for improvement.

  • Increasing Mentalizing in the Parent Infant Relationship (Dr Sheila Redfern 2017)

    A presentation from the 2017 MMHA conference exploring reflective parenting and trying to explain how to better understand what is going on inside a child’s mind and the benefits this can bring to the parent- child attachment.

  • Infant Feeding, Wellbeing and Perinatal Mental Health (Dr Louise Santhanam)

    Short paper by Dr L Santhanam on how healthcare professionals can support good mental health alongside infant feeding.

  • Infant mental health training (NHS Education for Scotland 2016)

    This interactive pdf resource aims to provide a starting point for professionals in Scotland to develop their knowledge about and confidence in supporting families to promote positive infant mental health and secure early relationships.

  • Just do it! Using the Pathway Assessment Tool to find gaps in services and improve women’s experiences (MMHA 2017)

    In this blog post written for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, Sharon Humberstone from NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG writes about the Pathway Assessment Tool to identify gaps in services.

  • Keeping Mothers and Babies in Mind (Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland 2016)

    This study, by the Mental Welfare Commission in Scotland, focusses on the care of women with severe postnatal mental illness who require admission to hospital.

  • Keeping the Baby in Mind (MMHA 2018)

    This report, the seventh in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series, summarises the evidence about the impact of perinatal mental illness on children and interventions that can support mother-infant relationships when a mother is ill.

  • Leading Change (MMHA 2018)

    This report, the sixth in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series shares learning from a Masterclass about how to implement best practice, improve services and lead change within local systems and services.

  • Management of Women with Mental Health Issues during Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period (Good Practice No 14) (RCOG 2011)

    Good practice guidelines by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the management of women with mental health issues during pregnancy and he postnatal period.

  • Maternal Emotional Wellbeing and Infant Development: A Good Practice Guide for Midwives (RCM 2012)

    Evidence based information and practical guidance on maternal emotional wellbeing and infant development. Written by the Royal College of Midwives for midwives in the UK.

  • Maternal Mental Health Online Training (NHS Education for Scotland 2015)

    Two e-learning modules on maternal mental health, created by NHS Education for Scotland and aimed at all who work with pregnant women and new mothers.

  • Maternal Mental Health Roundtable (England) Commitments 2017/18 (MMHA 2017)

    Pledges of support from key English perinatal mental health stakeholders made at the Maternal Mental Health Ministerial Roundtable jointly hosted by the MMHA and the Department of Health in Autumn 2017.

  • Maternal Mental Health Scotland (Maternal Mental Health Scotland)

    This website has been created by Maternal Mental Health Scotland to provide information to women affected by perinatal mental health issues, their partners, families and the general public.

  • Maternal Mental Health: Improving emotional wellbeing in postnatal care (RCM 2014)

    An awareness raising report by the Royal College of Midwives to highlight the need to focus on maternal mental health to improve care for women and their families in the postnatal period.

  • Maternal Mental Health: Women’s Voices (RCOG 2017)

    Report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists summarising the findings of a survey of over 2300 women on their experiences of care during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

  • Maws – our Journey (Mental Health Network Glasgow)

    This film is an educational resource for those experiencing perinatal mental health issues, and for health care professionals, which explores personal accounts of perinatal mental ill health.

  • Mental health in pregnancy and infants: Fingertips reports (National Mental Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England 2017)

    The prototype perinatal mental health profile is designed to support planners and providers in England to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark. It brings together available metrics around perinatal mental health and babies.

  • Midwives and Health Visitors in Perinatal Mental Health (MMHA 2017)

    This report, the third in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series, discusses the important role that midwives and health visitors play in preventing, detecting and managing perinatal mental illness, and in ensuring women get the right support.

  • Models for Decisions Regarding Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy (Marce 2014)

    Educational film about models regarding treatment of depression during pregnancy. Made by Professor Louise Howard hosted on the Marce website.

  • Mums and Babies in Mind Graphic Recording (Creative Connection 2018)

    A graphic recording of a Mums and Babies in Mind workshop, sharing key messages from the presentations and discussions about how to drive local improvements in services for women with perinatal mental health problems .

  • My Story of mental health and wellbeing through pregnancy (HENWL 2015)

    Short film of lived experience of postnatal depression and finding the right treatment for subsequent pregnancy.

  • National Maternity Review: Better Births (NHS England 2016)

    This report sets out our vision for the planning, design and safe delivery of maternity services in England; and how staff will be supported to deliver such care.

  • Normalising paternal mental illness (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Louis Dunn for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing his experiences of perinatal mental illness and his work offering an emotional support service for new dads, called Dads in Mind.

  • Northern Ireland regional perinatal mental health pathway (Public Health Agency 2017)

    The Regional Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway provides guidance for all Health and Social Care professionals in Northern Ireland who come into contact with pregnant women.

  • Pan London Perinatal Mental Health Pathway (Pan-London Network)

    The perinatal mental health care pathway in this document sets out guidance on the key components required to develop and deliver perinatal mental health services that meet the needs of women and their families.

  • Perinatal Mental Health Audit Tool (Thames Valley Clinical Network 2018)

    his audit tool was created by Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and is endorsed by NICE. It supports statements 1–6 in the NICE quality standard on antenatal and postnatal mental health.

  • Perinatal mental health care skills competency framework  (Health Education England 2017)

    This competency framework for perinatal mental health care, created by Health Education England, aims to help workforce development through identifying the skills required and helping teams to assess their training needs.

  • Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework for the Infant Feeding Workforce (MMHA 2018)

    This competency framework sets out the knowledge, skills and support that professionals and volunteers who support infant feeding should develop around perinatal and infant mental health,

  • Perinatal Mental Health Data Catalogue (Public Health England 2016)

    A source of datasets on perinatal mental health prevalence, prevention and care, created by Public Health England.

  • Perinatal Mental Health Experiences of Women and Professionals (Boots Family Trust Alliance 213)

    This report describes the key findings from two surveys: of around 1,500 women and of more than 2,000 health professionals.

  • Perinatal mental health in Wales ( 2017)

    A report from the Children, Young People and Education Committee in Wales about how Perinatal Mental Health services are currently provided and how the Welsh Government can improve services.

  • Perinatal Mental Health is Everyone’s Business in Northern Ireland (MMHA 2017)

    A briefing by the MMHA's Everyone's Business team about the state of perinatal mental health care in Northern Ireland and why it is important for improvements to be made.

  • Perinatal Mental Health is Everyone’s Business in Scotland (MMHA 2018)

    A briefing by the MMHA's Everyone's Business team about the state of perinatal mental health care in Scotland and why it is important for improvements to be made.

  • Perinatal Mental Health is Everyone’s Business in Wales (MMHA 2018)

    A briefing by the MMHA's Everyone's Business team about the state of perinatal mental health care in Wales and why it is important for improvements to be made.

  • Perinatal Mental Health Services: Recommendations for the provision of services for childbearing women, CR197 (RCPsych 2015)

    This report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists describes the provision of good-quality mental health services to childbearing women. It will assist those providing and planning services.

  • Perinatal Positive Practice Guide for IAPT (IAPT 2013)

    This guide sets out how IAPT service can best meet the needs of women with perinatal mental health problems. It covers understanding needs, removing barriers to access,

  • PMH Curricular Framework (Scotland) (NHS Education for Scotland 2006)

    This Curricular Framework is based on a multidisciplinary collaboration of practitioners and educationalists working in Scotland.

  • Postpartum Psychosis (Fiona Putnam 2017)

    Presentation from the 20017 MMHA conference by Fiona Putnam of the national charity for women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP), outlining a very personal experience of this most severe form of post natal mental illness.

  • Preconception care: making the case (Public Health England 2018)

    A suite of information, intelligence and tools published by Public Health England to help in planning and preparation for pregnancy, including a report and recommendations for Local Maternity Systems, a toolkit with data on risk factors and inequalities, and an animation.

  • Prenatal Stress, Anxiety and Depression (Prof Vivette Glover 2017)

    Prenatal stress, anxiety and depression: effects on the fetus and the child across the generations: a presentation from the 2017 MMHA conference by Professor Vivette Glover.

  • Priority setting in local services with use of the Pathway Assessment Tool (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Julia Thompson for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing using the Pathway Assessment Tool to benchmark existing perinatal and infant mental health services against national standards.

  • Putting fathers in the picture (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Sharin Baldwin for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing the mental health and wellbeing of fathers.

  • RCGP Ten Top Tips: A Summary of NICE Guidance CG192 (RCGP 2015)

    This document highlights the recommendations relevant to GPs from NICE CG192 Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health. It has been developed to raise awareness and support implementation of the NICE guideline in primary care.

  • Reaching all communities affected by perinatal mental illness (MMHA 2017)

    This report, the fifth report in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series, focuses on the experiences of parents from diverse and marginalised communities, and how services can on reach all communities

  • Report on a Survey of Heads of Midwifery on Specialist Maternal Mental Health Midwives (RCM 2014)

    The Royal College of Midwives and MMHA's survey of the current level of provision and the practice undertaken by specialist midwives.

  • Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Surveillance of maternal deaths (MMBRACE 2017)

    This is the fourth MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report and provides information on extended perinatal deaths in the UK and Crown Dependencies arising from births during 2016.

  • Seven Minute Briefing (MMHA 2018)

    Seven Minute briefings provide summaries of information for professional audiences. This is a template briefing on perinatal mental health, which can be tailored for local use.

  • Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England (Health Education England 2017)

    This plan outlines the workforce approach required to support delivery of the aims set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in England.

  • Strengthening parent-infant mental health in Warwickshire (MMHA 2018)

    A blog post written by Sophy Forman-Lynch for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing Warwickshire’s multi-agency to promote and support parent-infant mental.

  • Supporting positive conversations about feeding choice and mental health in the perinatal period (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Wendy Jones  & Shereen Fisher for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing the complex relationship between how a woman feeds her baby and her perinatal mental health.

  • Tackling Stigma and Finding Support – postcards and posters (Gloucestershire 2016)

    Resources produced by NHS organisations and partners in Gloucestershire to raise awareness of perinatal mental health issues, tackle stigma and signpost to support. Distributed in public buildings and used by health professionals.

  • Tackling stigma around perinatal mental illness (MMHA 2017)

    A blog post written by Jane Melton for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, describing the campaign they have developed in Gloucestershire to help tackle stigma around perinatal mental illness.

  • Tameside and Glossop Care Pathway (Tameside and Glossop)

    This parent-infant mental health pathway was developed by a multiagency working group in Tameside, with the aim of promoting a seamless, flexible and high quality responsive care for all families.

  • The Best Start at Home (EIF 2015)

    A brief review from Early Intervention Foundation of interventions to improve the quality of parent child interactions from conception to age 5 years.

  • The Best Start: A Five year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland (Scottish Government 2017)

    The report sets out the Case for Change for maternity and neonatal services in Scotland, describing current services, providing details of the review and it's findings, and describing a new model of care supported by a series of recommendations.

  • The Dad Project (NSPCC 2014)

    This NSPCC report - supported by the Design Council - contains insights on how to better engage dads in antenatal and postnatal care. It highlights why involving dads is so important in giving children the best possible start in life.

  • The Fetal Brain: Sensitive to a Mother’s Own Childhood Environment? (Prof Claudie Buss 2017)

    Presentation from first MMHA annual conference (2017) by Claudia Buss on the Fetal Brain: Sensitive to a Mother’s Own Childhood Environment exploring intergenerational transmission of the effects of maternal childhood trauma.

  • The Health of the 51%: Women (Chief Medical Officer 2014)

    The report examines women’s health in England and makes a range of recommendations to improve it. It identifies several missed opportunities for intervention in a range of

  • The role of a Liaison Psychiatrist in perinatal mental health (MMHA 2016)

    In this blog for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, Susie Lingwood, a Liaison Psychiatrist, writes about working with Mums and Babies in Mind to improve perinatal mental health services in north London.

  • Three core concepts in early development (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)

    Three short films illustrating how a baby’s brain develops, including how severe maternal depression can affect a babies' brain development.

  • Tommy’s Perinatal Mental Health Films (Tommys 2015)

    A series of films on lived experience of perinatal mental illness and trauma.

  • Top Tips for Effective Communication in Mental Health (RCGP 2016)

    Tips for assessing and listening to women with perinatal metal illness for GPs compiled by Dr Sweta Raj & Dr Carrie Ladd.

  • Training Gloucestershire health visitors to promote mums’ and babies’ mental health (MMHA 2016)

    A blog for the Mums and Babies in Mind project, written by Catherine Whitcombe, Locality Practice Teacher, about the work health visitors are doing in Gloucestershire to promote mums’ and babies’ mental health.

  • Twitter Tutorial: Using Twitter for Perinatal Mental Health (Laura Wood 2016)

    Laura Wood, a mum with lived experience, created this tutorial for the Mums and Babies in Mind project to help professionals working in the sector to make the most of Twitter for perinatal mental health.

  • Two for the price of one: The Impact of body image during pregnancy and after birth (Government Equalities Office 2014)

    This report looks at the myriad of health and psychological effects that body image can have on pregnant women and new mothers, and shows how preoccupation with body image problems can be unconsciously transmitted down to their children.

  • User Insight and Engagement (MMHA 2017)

    This report, the fourth in the Mums and Babies in Mind Top Tips series contains top tips on including women’s voices in the development and improvement of perinatal mental health pathways and services.

  • Video Interaction Guidance in a Nutshell (MMHA 2017)

    In this blog Educational Psychologist Hilary Kennedy explains Video Interaction Guidance and how widely it can be used to support the parent-infant relationship.

  • Wellbeing Plan for women (Boots Family Trust Alliance 2014)

    The Tommy's Wellbeing Plan is a two-page plan, endorsed by NICE, that helps women start thinking about how they feel and what support they might need in pregnancy and after the birth.

  • What a difference an hour can make – Training GPs in Perinatal Mental Health (MMHA 2017)

    In this blog post for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, Dr Carrie Ladd, GP, Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Mental Health talks about developing a training package for GPs.

  • What do women say? Reproductive health is a public health issue (Public Health England 2018)

    A report about women's reproductive health, combining women’s experiences with existing data to define reproductive health as a public health issue. This report contains some discussion of postnatal depression.

  • What does excellence in Perinatal Mental Health look like? Meeting the NICE Guideline for Postnatal Mental Health (Louise Howard 2016)

    A presentation by Professor Louise Howard on what good practice in perinatal mental health looks like.

  • What works to enhance the effectiveness of the healthy child programme? (Early Intervention Foundation 2018)

    This report provides information about the evidence for approaches to early intervention for mothers and infants, which may be commissioned and delivered locally as part of the Healthy Child Programme.

  • Who’s the bloke in the room? (Fatherhood Institute 2018)

    A report about fathers' experiences during pregnancy and at the birth in the UK

  • World Mental Health Day blog: Working through loss and trauma (MMHA 2016)

    A blog on trauma and loss written by clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Josephine Harrison for the Mums and Babies in Mind Project, to mark 2016 World Mental Health Day.

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