This project is led by Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson – researchers at the University of Surrey. Ranjana and Paul have been researching and writing about perinatal wellbeing for the last few years. Ranjana’s work on mothers’ perinatal wellbeing and the role of digital technologies led her to approach Paul – who had been working on fatherhood – to do joint work on new fathers’ perinatal mental health. As their work on fathers and mothers progressed, they decided to bring these interests together, by producing parent and professional-facing resources from their work in association with national partners such as the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). This project is funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the Economic and Social Research Council.
Amid growing evidence of the mental health difficulties that can be experienced by both mothers and fathers in the perinatal period, the need for appropriate information and support (not least for neglected or hard to reach groups such as fathers and migrant mothers) is acute. Our proposed activities centre on improving information and support through enhancements to practitioner understandings and practice and the production of on and offline information resources for parents.