Outputs from this project

Here is a quick 1 pager with all our outputs produced as part of this partnership!

(For more details on each – scroll on to read the rest of this webpage)


Working with the iHV, we have developed three interactive, digital ‘factographics’ oriented to groups or areas with a previous resource-deficiency, namely, new fathers, mothers from South Asian communities and parents who had a baby during the COVID19 pandemic. Based on our research findings, these resources were produced collaboratively via initial discussions at an iHV Champions forum and further development via two meetings of a panel comprised of parents and professionals. The ‘factographics’ were presented by us at the iHV national conference in April 2021, have been launched in June 2021 and are available to both parents and professionals via the iHV web site, the primary source of information for UK health visitors and regularly visited by thousands of parents and other professionals. On launch, the factographics will also be prominently featured on iHV social media. Here they are below for you to browse and share!

Factographic: New parent during the pandemic?. Click the image below to find the link to the interactive factographic.

Factographic: A baby is a blessing, so why do I feel this way?. Click the image below to find the link to the interactive factographic.

Factographic: New Dad? You are not alone. Click the image below to find the link to the interactive factographic.

For an overview of the collaborative, co-creative process behind these factographics – watch this talk from Paul and Ranjana at the IHV conference in 2021.

Evidence Reviews

We have undertaken 4 commissioned “Evidence Reviews” for the National Childbirth Trust. Through producing evidence reviews oriented towards previously neglected subjects relating to fathers and migrant mothers, these reviews will contribute to the update and development of parent-facing content on the NCT web site, which is one of the most high profile sources of parent-support information in the UK (accessed by 2,952,120 people between November 2018 and October 2019). The reviews can be accessed below –

Practitioner Development

We have delivered direct practitioner training. Our June 2021 webinar for current NCT practitioners centred on converting their work on fathers and mental health into enhancements to NCT antenatal courses, which are attended by 100,000 new parents in the UK every year. The webinar was accompanied by a factsheet, which was distributed more widely within the NCT community. We also delivered workshops in June and September 2021 for trainee NCT practitioners studying at the University of Worcester. In June 2021 we delivered educational content to trainee midwives and Health Visitors at the University of Surrey in a session on an Early Intervention Module in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme for Health Visitors and School Nurses.

June 2021: Session in Early Intervention Module in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme for Health Visitors and School Nurses

Paul and Ranjana’s session on 3rd June 2021

Knowledge Exchange

Supporting New Parents Amidst COVID and Beyond: End of project conference

On 15th September, 2021, we hosted our fully virtual end of project conference which brought together leading academics and practitioners in perinatal mental health and the early years, for a forward-looking half-day conference centred on supporting the wellbeing of new parents.

The conference marked the end of the Surrey Perinatal Impact Partnership, a one-year ESRC funded partnership between the University of Surrey, the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Led by Dr Ranjana Das and Dr Paul Hodkinson, the project has pooled together academic research and professional expertise to enhance support for the wellbeing of new parents through development of resources and engagement with a range of perinatal practitioners.

The event included a showcase of the work completed during the project, complete with reflections from those involved, while also bringing together a range experts to provide a broader examination of research, evidence and professional experience on the wellbeing of new parents.

Video Recording of the Conference

Launch Event: New Fathers, Mental Health and Digital Communication

International Fathers’ Mental Health Day, 2021

Perinatal Mental Health during the COVID19 pandemic: Webinar hosted by the Maternal Family and Child Health Cluster at Surrey, March 2021

View here: LINK to Zoom Video

Contribution to the NCT’s Annual General Meeting 2020

Contribution to webinar on: Impact of Covid-19 on families: a focus on new parents, children, and people with learning disabilities, with reflections from professional practice, March 2021

Link to recording here

ESRC Festival of Social Science Event: Becoming a Parent in a Pandemic, November 2020

Becoming a Parent….in a Pandemic – organised by Ranjana and Paul – as an ESRC Festival of Social Science event, drew upon their joint research and showcased 8 external speakers from leading practitioner, policy and public avenues. Speakers came from the National Childbirth Trust, the Institute of Health Visiting, Dorset MIND, The Fatherhood Institute, PND Hour, the Lancashire NHS Trust and the ROSHNI2 project, the Universities of Surrey, Bournemouth and East Anglia, and included new parents of 2020 as speakers. The event had approximately 500 sign-ups and close to 300 attendees on the day, generating a significant amount of live audience engagement, and social media feedback, engagement and commentary on the #FOSSParents2020 hashtag. The full event recording is available for viewing below.

Talk on maternal perinatal wellbeing and the complex roles of digital technologies

This was delivered on two occasions in November 2020 – first, at the NIHR ARC Kent-Surrey-Sussex launch event and next at the Performing Maternities symposium, University of Brighton

Becoming a Parent……..in a Pandemic: Our ESRC Festival of Social Science event on 11th November 2020

We focused some of our broader work in the area on the specific challenges brought on by the COVID19 pandemic. This formed part of our work with the iHV but we also hosted a free, virtual, public event on 11th November called Becoming a parent in a pandemic as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, bringing together practitioners, social scientists and members of the public, on the challenges and support needs of those who became parents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The event aimed to reflect the unique and specific impacts that new mothers and fathers had to cope with as birthing, postnatal and antenatal support, and wider social support all changed dramatically in 2020, amidst the threat of a virus and a global lockdown. Speakers included new parents of 2020 and those from the NCT, the iHV, PND and Me, ROSHNI2, the Fatherhood Institute, Bournemouth University and of course us at the University of Surrey.

Our blog for the Voices newsletter for the Institute of Health Visiting, October 2020, on the occasion of World Mental Health Day

Building Resources for Maternal and Paternal Perinatal Support

Our research synthesis delivered at the September Forum of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), September 2020

This talk addressed an audience from a health visiting and maternity background but also including some mental health professionals and parent representatives.

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