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Perinatal mental health

30 September, 2018

Dear colleagues

I wish to share a short 6 minute animation with my colleagues on HIFA and CHIFA.

The incidence of a mental health illness in mothers and fathers during pregnancy and after the birth of a child is estimated to be more than 1 in 10 women and more than 1 in 20 men around the world. In LMIC the numbers of parents affected are reported to be even higher. The causes of mental ill health during this time are reported to be due to a number of factors including Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Poverty and a prior episode of mental illness. Why should we be concerned? Research shows a mental illness present in either parent during the perinatal period adversely affects the physical and cognitive development of children in the family.

FMCH-UK has, in collaboration with ForMed fIlms and other NGO’s, have produced a short 6 minute animation explaining how parents may feel, the help they can access in the UK, and some self help strategies. At the moment the film is in english but the next stage of this project will be to raise funds to translate it into commonly spoken languages in the UK.

We would welcome collaboration from our HIFA colleagues - perhaps the production of similar films adapted for their own population groups.

You can access the english version film here:


with best wishes


Barbara Jayson MSc, SCPHN-HV, RN

Founder, Co-Chair

The Foundation for Mother & Child Health



CHIFA profile: Barbara Jayson is the Founder and co Chair of The Foundation for Mother and Child Health (FMCH, UK) which works to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and their children in Mumbai, Jakarta and West Timor. www.fmch-uk.org. She is also a practising Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor in London