Launch of Maternal Emotional Health and Infant Well-being and Infant Development


Up to 20% of new and expectant mothers are likely to suffer a wide range of mental health problems.  The perinatal period is not only about beautiful babies and mothers emerging looking fit and healthy on the outside. Many new mothers are dealing with emotional turmoil as a result of being pregnant or giving birth. Pregnancy-related mental health issues exert an intolerable toll on the wellbeing of women and their families.

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 will be chaired jointly by the RCM’s General Secretary & Chief Executive, Gill Walton, and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance President, Dr Alain Gregoire. The round table discussion will also include specialist midwives and experts by experience.


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 Travelling women

Sandra Igwe– Expert by Experience and Founder of The Motherhood Group 

Memuna Sowe – Specialist Midwife for Vulnerable women