Guest blog by Anya Sizer, Regional Organiser for Fertility Network UK
With one in six couples facing problems conceiving, infertility will be part of the story for many parents. It is therefore vital that we look at the implications of this and what best practice might look like when offering mental health support. Continue reading Infertility and perinatal mental health
To mark Occupational Therapy Week 2021, the MMHA invited Dr Sally Payne, Professional Adviser for Children, Young People and Families at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Debra Jeffery, Specialist Perinatal Community Occupational Therapist, to share their thoughts on the vital role of occupational therapy in supporting women’s perinatal mental health. Continue reading Occupational therapy and perinatal mental health
Guest blog by Clare Anderson, Mas Project Coordinator, Women’s Resource and Development Agency
Who is MMHA’s new member WRDA?
The Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) has a vision of a fair and equal society where women are empowered and are a visible force for change and influence in all areas of life. The Mas project (Maternal Advocacy & Support), in partnership with eight women’s centres in the Belfast, Lisburn and Derry area, offer peer support to women who are experiencing perinatal mental health problems. The project also provides a platform for women to talk about their experiences in the healthcare system and identify service areas that could be improved or developed for pregnant and postnatal women in Northern Ireland.  Continue reading WRDA and the Mas Project: lived experience insights
During Refugee Week 2021, we asked Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) member Refugee Women Connect (RWC) about the biggest maternal mental health challenges facing refugee and asylum-seeking mothers.
Continue reading Maternal mental health in the asylum-seeker and refugee community Q&A
- Postcode lottery in England puts the mental health of expectant and new mums at risk.
- Maternal Mental Health Alliance member, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is calling for funding for perinatal mental health facilities in the next spending review and for local health bodies to invest in services in their areas.
Thousands of women could not get vital help with their mental health during pregnancy or right after giving birth because of the covid pandemic, according to new analysis using the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Mental Health Watch.
Continue reading 16,000 women were unable to access essential perinatal mental health care due to the pandemic, according to research
Maternal Mental Health Alliance member, Mothers for Mothers has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Continue reading MMHA member Mothers for Mothers awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Guest blog by Louse Harrington, Development and Impact Manager at the NSPCC
Up to one in five mums and one in 10 dads experience perinatal mental health problems (Bauer, 2016 and NHS England, 2018). However, access to the right support at the right time isn’t guaranteed and the pandemic has exacerbated things. During the last year, for many expectant parents, government restrictions have meant being away from supportive family and friends, dealing with new pressures, and uncertainty around birth arrangements. For some, this combination of challenges has intensified feelings of stress, anxiety and apprehension.
Through NSPCC’s Fight for a Fair Start campaign we’ve been calling on governments across the UK to ensure training and resources to spot perinatal mental health problems are available so parents can receive the support they need, at the earliest opportunity, for themselves and their babies. And where parents need specialist care and support, the NSPCC want governments to ensure it’s available to them, wherever they live.
To support improvements to early help on offer to parents, we’re sharing what we’ve learnt from adapting our preventative mental health service, Pregnancy in Mind, to virtual delivery, enabling us to still be here for families when they need us most. Continue reading Making remote services work: what NSPCC learnt from providing support to expectant parents during the pandemic
Guest blog by Katie Atmore and Professor Louise Howard, King’s College London
MMHA member Tommy’s has collaborated with Public Health England and King’s College London to develop preconception resources for women with serious mental illness (SMI) and the frontline health professionals who support them. Continue reading New preconception resources for women with serious mental illness
Guest blog by Louise Harrington, NSPCC
This year has been like no other, and for new and expectant mums and dads there have been so many new challenges to contend with. The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of parents-to-be was clearly demonstrated in the ‘Babies in Lockdown’ report, which also told us that only one third of parents expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required. Continue reading NSPCC perinatal mental health service shown to improve mental health of parents-to-be
What is Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week #BMMHW20?
The UK’s first annual awareness week highlighting black women’s maternal mental health.
When is Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week?
Monday 28th September – Sunday 4th October. Continue reading MMHA member The Motherhood Group launches Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2020