Supporting parents’ mental health before and after having a baby

Published in Blog by Sarah Ingram on July 11th 2023

Sarah Ingram, our strategic head of partnerships, is passionate about our work with Family Hubs to deliver a relationship-focussed approach to perinatal mental health support. 

Unfortunately, evidence tells us that perinatal mental illness affects up to 27% of new and expectant mums.

One thing is for sure, after the birth of a baby, things are never going to be the same. Perinatal is the term given to the time from the start of pregnancy up to roughly one year after giving birth. It is a period of great change which can be exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Unfortunately, evidence tells us that perinatal mental illness affects up to 27% of new and expectant mums. It covers a wide range of conditions and, if left untreated, can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family.

Support through partnership with Family Hubs

To support families facing this challenge we are working in partnership with Family Hubs across the UK. Family Hubs bring together multiple organisations in a ‘one stop shop’ to make it easier for families to access support. We offer training to frontline practitioners to help them deliver evidence-based interventions to support parents during this crucial time.

Tavistock Relationships bring a unique, relationship focus to perinatal mental health.

Tavistock Relationships bring a unique, relationship focus to perinatal mental health. Our approach is not just thinking about mother and baby, we are thinking about parents and baby, whether the parents are together, separated, gay or straight. Each programme is designed to protect the mothers’ mental health in the knowledges that everyone in the family will benefit from this protection.

An evidence-based approach

We have been developing our evidence-based interventions over several years and have a strong track record of working in partnership with local authorities across the country to train and supervise frontline staff. If you are a local authority practitioner, or involved in Family Hubs we would love to talk to you about training to support more parents and families.

Please get in touch

To get in touch about our perinatal support training for practitioners, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 7380 1975.

Visit our Family Hubs website pages to understand more about our training packages.

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