Dr Vivienne Jane Hanley PhD, RGN, RMN, Dip HV, Dip Couns, FRSPH

Founder of this website, Jane’s interest in perinatal mental health (PMH)  spans over 30 years. Her first encounter was when she worked in the Bahamas and nursed mothers who had ‘Obeah’  and later when she worked in the Middle East and encountered mothers with ‘Jinn’.  This sparked her interest into why mothers become mentally ill.  Jane’s thesis concentrated on the attitudes to perinatal mental health across cultures.

Jane is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Swansea University. She has researched the attitude of mothers to mental illness and the impact on fathers. She is also interested in the cultural implications of mental illness and has researched this at Swansea University and Quaboos University, Oman.

Jane has written widely on the subject and has had several papers published in peer reviewed journals. She writes a quarterly column for the Journal of Health Visiting. Her two books (featured below) were commissioned by the publishers and Jane is in the process of writing a third. She was responsible for developing the DVD Babies Aloud as a resource for fathers. Jane has featured in and discussed her work on perinatal mental health, on television programmes, the radio and social media.

Jane has developed pathways and programmes for perinatal mental health for the past 20 years and was appointed as a Consultant Perinatal Mental Health Trainer for the Institute of Health Visiting, to develop the first training programme for Health Visitors and allied professions across England. Jane has been instrumental in helping with the development Maternal Mental Health Alliance and has taken an active part in the All Wales Forum on Perinatal mental health and 1001 Critical Days. Jane’s greatest achievement, however, was as the President of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. She organised and was responsible for one of the most successful international scientific conferences, attracting delegates and speakers from across the globe. The Marcé Society wrote in the dedication to her….. read more…. She is currently on the Executive Board of the Marcé Society

For many years, Jane, has been developing courses in perinatal mental health and has trained professionals throughout England, Wales, Ireland, Norther Ireland, Pittsburgh & California USA, Paris France, Barcelona Spain, Muscat Oman and Shanghai China.

Books authored by Jane

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1138774928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1138774926

Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health focuses on how women and families suffering from perinatal mental illness can be supported by a wide range of practitioners. Based on the skills of attentive listening, it is designed for use by health professionals and support workers concerned with maternal mental health and the mental health of the family.

This accessible guide:

  • Covers the process and progression of perinatal mental health
  • Discusses the types of anxiety and depression which may occur during the perinatal period
  • Examines the impact of maternal mental illness of the infant, father and family
  • Explores the available assessment tools, such as the EPDS
  • Presents the theories behind the efficacy of listening and counselling skills, as well as the evidence which recommends this type of therapy
  • Gives suggestions of alternative therapeutic approaches and further resources to explore around perinatal mental health
  • Emphasises the importance of looking after yourself and making use of supervision and peer support.

With chapters focused on listening to mothers, fathers and infants and paying attention to cultural diversity, Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health builds on the knowledge that many professionals working with new mothers already have about perinatal mental health. It focuses on developing the skills needed to put this knowledge into practice and includes case examples and follow-up activities throughout.

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470510684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470510681
Perinatal Mental Health is an invaluable reference for nurses, midwives and other health professionals working with this client group, covering current thinking on the causes of mothers mood disorders and the consequences for her infant, the family, society and most importantly the mother herself.

This book covers the recognition, treatment, care and management of perinatal mental health disorders with chapters on the antenatal period; postnatal depression and bipolar disorder; psychosis, personality disorders, eating disorders, sexual issues, self harm and suicide; possible causes of postnatal depression; the multidisciplinary team; and global cultural practices.

Babies aloud is a short film on DVD which...