Anna is a former BBC journalist and a mum-of-two with personal experience of maternal mental health issues. She has two amazing children – her daughter is nearly 6 and her son is 2. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC World Service News, Sky News and Avalon Television; as well as leading the communications strategy at two children’s charities. She feels that all her life experiences have led her to this point, and she is very excited to be launching
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Luke is a multi-discipline artist with extensive experience across the arts and not-for-profit industries, including design and brand consultancy for a number of children’s charities. He’s a kind and creative thinker with a unique sense of humour and style that defines his approach to collaborative work.
Talking about maternal mental health and wellbeing has to be done with the utmost care.
Motherdom’s Editorial Board check over the content of each issue before it gets published. When you read Motherdom you can trust that every original article has been seen by at least one member of the board. I’m very proud to say that these twelve AMAZING women form my Editorial Board:
Annie Belasco Annie is the Head of PR, Fundraising and Helpline for PANDAS Foundation – supporting parents from conception through to birth and beyond. Annie heads up three teams finding the best possible ways of connecting, reaching out and ensuring that no parent feels alone on their journey. Annie is also an inspirational writer and speaker for many charities talking about her own mental health work. Her first book ‘Love and Remission’ was published in June 2018. Annie is in the early stages of her second book. Annie regularly contributes to national print and broadcast and her favourite to date is BBC Woman’s Hour. Mental health, wellbeing and autism are all subjects that are close to Annie’s heart and she aspires to bring positivity and hope to crisis.
Sophia Cooper Sophia a mum-of-three and the Founder of award-winning OneFitMama, the UK’s most popular maternal fitness company that specialises in supporting mums with their physical and mental health. Having suffered with debilitating postnatal depression in 2009 which resulted in an attempt on her own life, Sophia was driven to seek alternative methods to help her recover and was disappointed with the lack of support and research. This led her to open OneFitMama branches nationwide offering women the specialist care they need through the varying stages of motherhood, from pregnancy right through to menopause. Sophia and her team of now 35 instructors actively campaign for better care for new mums and launched the OneFitMama Trust to ensure that all mothers have access to the pelvic floor and mental health care they need during the postnatal period. She is fiercely passionate about maternal mental health and is outspoken about outlets encouraging women to ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy.
Gill Martin Gill is a Specialist Health Visitor in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health in South West London. She trains Health Visiting teams in perinatal mental health and runs specialised support groups for mothers experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety and isolation. She has lived experience of antenatal and postnatal depression. She is also a member of PANDAS clinical advisory board.
Dr Rebecca Moore Rebecca is a perinatal psychiatrist who works in London, both in the NHS and privately. She’s a mum who cares passionately about supporting pregnant women and new mums on their journey to achieving the best mental wellbeing possible.
Professor Mary Nolan Mary trained as a nurse in Cheltenham and then as a parent educator with NCT. She has been Professor of Perinatal Education at the University of Worcester for 12 years and has researched and written about how best to support mothers, fathers and families across the transition to parenthood. Mary has three children and two grandchildren and lives in York.
Shweta Panchal Shweta is a Yoga and Mindfulness Therapist for Mental Health. She is a senior supervisor and a Perinatal lecturer at the Minded Institute, an Active Birth Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, an Ambassador for PANDAS, and is a member of the parliamentary group bringing yoga to the NHS.
Dr Claudia Pastides Claudia is a London GP, mum of three young children and medical copywriter. She has a special interest in women’s and children’s health, was a member of the Royal College of GPs perinatal mental health special interest group and organises PLUSbaby seminars (baby friendly conferences for healthcare professionals on parental leave). You can find her on Instagram @DrClaudiaPastides and Twitter @DrMummykins.
Suzy Reading Suzy is a mum-of-two, an author, Chartered Psychologist and Yoga Teacher. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions, and energetic bank balance. It was her life experience of motherhood colliding with the terminal illness of her father that sparked her passion for self-care which she now teaches to her clients, young and old, to cope during periods of stress, loss and change and to boost their resilience in the face of future challenges.
Celia Suppiah Celia is a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and Founder of Parents 1st, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting quality peer support during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Informal mother-to-mother support has a unique and valuable contribution to make to the emotional wellbeing of mothers, fathers, babies, families and communities.
Dr Emma Svanberg Emma is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the perinatal period (pregnancy, birth and the early years). She is a writer and campaigns to raise awareness of common mental health problems in this time of transition. Together with Dr Rebecca Moore, she co-founded Make Birth Better, a collaborative of parents and professionals dedicated to reducing the impact of birth trauma. She is also a mum-of-two, and has learned more from her children than her doctorate ever taught her.
Penny Taylor Penny has been practicing in the UK as a Registered Midwife for the last 25 years, and has worked in both hospitals and the community. She is passionate about enabling mothers to nurture and maintain optimal mental health and wellbeing. She has trained in complementary therapies in midwifery and believes strongly in the mind/body connection. She has debriefed women who have had previously difficult births or who have a fear of childbirth, and has facilitated them in making complex care plans for their next birth to give them more choice and control. She also works as an on set midwife advisor, most frequently for BBC’s ‘Call the Midwife’, so that on-screen births are clinically accurate. When she’s not being a midwife, she is a mother to two teenagers, and learning to speak Italian!
Michaela Thomas Michaela is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, Couples Therapist, Founder of The Thomas Connection, and also the mum of a toddler! Her postnatal journey of parenting a child with reflux, allergies, tongue ties and sleep difficulties enhanced her interest in parental mental health. Michaela teaches individuals, couples and corporates how to find balance and purpose, by moving towards what truly matters and letting go of the pressure of perfection. You can find her on Instagram @the_thomas_connection and Facebook @TheThomasConnection