Launch of Maternal Emotional Health and Infant Well-being and Infant Development
The mental health and wellbeing of pregnant and new mothers is now acknowledged to be as important as their physical health, which has traditionally been the focus. Evidence highlights the importance of supporting all parents in the transition to parenthood. This is why the Royal College of Midwives developed the Maternal Emotional Well-being and Infant Development Guide, which has been updated for 2020. Written by experts and aimed at midwives and support workers, it focusses information and advice on parental mental health, the parent-infant relationship, and infant development. It also summarises key evidence and implications for practice, and includes practical suggestions on the key role of midwives and how all parents can be supported.
The event was chaired jointly by the RCM’s Chief Executive and General Secretary, Gill Walton, and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance President, Dr Alain Gregoire.
Laura Bridle – Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife
Alicia Burnet, Alicia Burnett is a third-year student midwife and Editor-in-Chief of The Student Midwife, an online journal. She is passionate about amplifying student midwives' voices, and advocates for culturally sensitive midwifery care and education and improved outcomes for marginalised women.
Amanda Firth – Research Midwife for vulnerable and refugee women
Sandra Igwe– Expert by Experience and Founder of The Motherhood Group
Memuna Sowe – Specialist Midwife for Vulnerable women