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Orion Owen PhD RN RM SCPHN-HV PGCE PG Dip DMM

My interest in infant mental health (IMH) developed over 36 years of caring for parents and infants, first as a midwife and since 1999, as a health visitor, including 10years experience of working in the All-Wales Perinatal Mental Health Mother and Baby Unit.  I began health visiting with an established interest in adult anxiety and depression having gained an MSc in Counselling with a specialism in cognitive behavioural therapy, a combination that led to two major ventures which shaped the future of my personal and professional endeavours: Courtesy of Professor Steve Rollnick, the first venture came with my involvement in Walk Free, a Cardiff based, mental health charity providing therapeutic groups for adults suffering anxiety disorders.  In synthesis, Walk Free and Health Visiting work with postnatal women nurtured my interest in the distinction between functional (normative) mood states and clinical disorder.

In 2010, my second venture emerged in a professional research PhD (Cardiff University School of Medicine) investigating subtypes of maternal postnatal mood with findings informed by a normative, evolutionary perspective. This led to my intensive study of classic and modern attachment theory, IMH and the parent-infant relationship. My greatest influence is Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and I am trained in the DMM Infant-CARE-Index, Toddler CARE-Index, Adult Attachment Interview and Family Functional Formulation as well as the Meaning of the Child Interview, which aid assessment and intervention for IMH, parental wellbeing and the parent-infant relationship.

I develop and deliver multidisciplinary training in relation to IMH and the parent-infant relationship and am a PMH champion in Wales. 

I am privileged to sit on the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH) Executive Committee and serve as reviewer for their Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework Recognition Register. In 2020 I was awarded the national AIMH HIGH AWARD for my work in the field of IMH.

(I also have… British Horse Society Assistant Instructor qualification!)

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Scott mair

My name is Scott Mair I am a expert by experience in paternal mental mental health, mental health campaigner, Beyond birth mental wellbeing practitioner and a member of the Paternal Mental Health Alliance.

I have experienced paternal mental health over my 18 years of parenting and due to lack of awareness and support available I struggled to have an understanding of what was wrong.  Due to this I set up PMH Support to offer advice and guidance to parents and to help promote awareness of parental mental health.  I work locally and nationally speaking to parents and at antenatal classes.  I feel it's important that we look after our mental health just as we would our physical health during pregnancy, birth and beyond.  Supporting parents mental health creates a better environment for the whole family.

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Silvie Simonds

Dr Sylvie Simonds is a psychotherapist specialising in perinatal mental health with a particular emphasis on parent-infant therapy and dyadic work. She is also leading the development and implementation of a new perinatal and parent-infant therapy counselling services within the new Families Centre based in York

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Ash Curry

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Maria Viner

Maria became CEO of Mothers for Mothers in June 2018 after 6 years as Chair of Trustees. She has also been a volunteer and a previous client.

Maria had a moderate perinatal illness after the birth of her second son and began to use Mothers for Mothers helpline, groups and counselling service. During her pregnancy with her daughter she became more ill and was severely ill after her birth. Mothers for Mothers continued to support Maria through this until she had fully recovered.

Maria is a member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists Women’s Network and the Women’s Voices Panel. She is a member of the RCOG lay faculty and a lay examiner. Maria enjoys her role at the College and fully supports the aim to improve women’s health in the UK and globally. She also sits on the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Perinatal Mental Health Sprint Audit advisory group. 

Maria’s Patient and Public Involvement began in 2006 and she is currently the PPI Lead at the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement.

Maria is an expert by experience and a Maternal Mental Health Alliance Everyone’s Business Campaign Champion.

In her spare time Maria enjoys walking her dog and landscape art.

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Elly Taylor

Elly Taylor is a parenthood preparation and perinatal relationship expert, award winning author and founder of Becoming Us.

Her passion is training perinatal professionals to prepare expectant and new parents for the twists and turns of parenthood and support the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of the whole family.

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