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A new wellbeing resource for pregnancy and post-birth

5th August 2019

iHV is delighted to work with Tommy’s and other partners on the launch of a new mental health digital tool for pregnancy and post-birth – the digital version of the NICE-approved Pregnancy and Post-birth Wellbeing Plan.

The new digital tool, created in partnership with Tommy’s, the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Netmums, Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), is called: Your Baby’s Mum: A wellbeing plan for pregnancy and post-birth.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, commented:

“I am delighted to have been part of the group to refresh the Wellbeing Plan, and to make it digital.  This has proved a hugely helpful tool for health visitors to share with parents in the past during their antenatal visit, and that will be easier now as it can be shared as a link.  Until she has a child, many women have little idea of what the impact will be on them. However, with a little planning no new mum needs to find herself feeling isolated or lonely, and this tool will help her plan reliable sources of support in advance.”

The resource, and accompanying Your Baby’s Mum campaign, is designed to help all pregnant women to think and talk about their mental wellbeing in the pregnancy and post-birth period, and to plan early for support and self-care after the birth. The tool is suitable and available for all pregnant women and can be completed at any point in pregnancy.

The tool will help pregnant women make a plan for their mental wellbeing and it will offer extra support to those who need it during pregnancy. It has a tailored route for women who have suffered a previous pregnancy loss or premature birth, which acknowledges the extra anxiety this can cause.

The Wellbeing Plan aims to:

  • encourage self-care for emotional wellbeing
  • help women identify symptoms of mental health problems
  • help women prepare mentally for the post-birth period
  • help women identify sources of support after the birth that can improve wellbeing.

Please watch the Your Baby’s Mum campaign animation: