The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of 90+ UK organisations, working across the four nations. The MMHA brings the sector together to speak with one voice, campaigning for change and supporting local systems to improve perinatal mental health care.
The MMHA’s Everyone’s Business campaign aims to improve the lives of all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems.
In the uncertain times of COVID-19 three things remain clear for MMHA:
Plea to PLAN
To ensure women and families in the UK receive the care they need and deserve during the pandemic, MMHA are urging national and local decision-makers to PLAN with the mental as well as physical health needs of women and their families in mind, during and beyond COVID-19.
MMHA members, staff and leading experts have collaborated on guidance to help new and expectant mums protect their mental wellbeing. This includes mental health and wellbeing tips for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth during the pandemic, and guidance for women and loved ones who are unwell with a maternal mental health problem during the pandemic. The guidance is available in English and Welsh.
MMHA is supporting a new UK wide survey by Homestart, Best Beginnings and Parent Infant Foundation which aims to capture the experiences of expecting a baby or being a parent to a very young child during Covid-19.
This research will help make sure that the voices of pregnant women and new parents are heard and that their experiences and those of their children are at the forefront when decisions are being taken.
It is important to remember, that even with everything going on, perinatal mental health advice and support doesn’t stop and is available for pregnant and new mums and their families when they need it.
If you are worried that you or your loved one is unwell with a maternal mental health problem during COVID, don’t wait, ask for help and support.
Talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP. They can refer you to local support services and ensure you get the support you need.
Help MMHA spread the word to ensure maternal mental health remains a top priority now and as we move out of lockdown.
See additional resources from Maternal Mental Health Alliance members offering support, advice and guidance for professionals working with women and families in the perinatal period, for new and expectant parents, and to help us all look after our mental health and wellbeing at this time.
 Bauer, A., Parsonage, M., Knapp, M., Lemmi, V., and Adelaja, B (2014) The cost of perinatal mental health problems. Centre for Mental Health and London School of Economics: London
 Knight, M., Bunch, K., Tuffnell, D., Shakespeare, J., Kotnis, R., Kenyon, S., Kurinczuk, J. J (2019) (Eds) Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care. Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2015-17. The Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review programme: MBRRACE-UK.
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