Janes Page

Founder and CEO - 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 experience was in the Bahamas, where Jane worked as a staff nurse and nursed mothers who had ‘Obeah’. As a Senior Sister the Middle East, Jane encountered mothers with ‘Jinn’.  This sparked Jane’s interest into finding out why mothers become mentally ill and their attitude towards their illness.


Jane was a Health Visitor and Practice Counsellor for many years before completing her PhD. This focused on the cultural impact of PMH. Jane then worked in Swansea University as a Lecturer in Primary Care, Public and Mental Health. In 2012-14 Jane was made the President of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health. She held a successful International Biennial Scientific Conference in Swansea. Jane semi-retired in 2013 as an Honorary Senior Lecturer. She remains on the Executive Board of the Marcé and is a member of the Fathers’ Special Interest Group.

As part of her ongoing involvement with current PMH research, Jane is involved with research with Iowa University in America and previously with Qaboos University in Oman. Her particular interests are raising the awareness, and management of PMH of parents, cultural implications and Listening Visits 

Jane writes a quarterly column ‘The Last Word’ for the Journal of Health Visiting. She has written widely on PMH and has several papers published in peer reviewed journals.  Her two books (featured below) were commissioned and she co-wrote ‘Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health with Mark Williams. The DVD Babies Aloud is a resource for fathers. Jane has featured on TV, radio and social media.

Collaborative work has been with the initial development Maternal Mental Health Alliance, The All Wales Forum on PMH and 1001 Critical Days.

Pathways and programmes for PMH have been developed for over 20 years. Jane was appointed as a Consultant PMH Trainer for the Institute of Health Visiting, to develop the first training programme for Health Visitors and allied professions across England.

For many years Jane has been developing and delivering courses in perinatal mental health and has trained professionals:

  • throughout the UK and Ireland
  • Pittsburgh & California USA
  • Paris France
  • Barcelona Spain
  • Muscat Oman 
  • 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.

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1138330329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1138330320

Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health: It is only in recent years that there has been development in the awareness of the father’s mental health. Yet, the father’s mental health can influence the mother, the infant, the family and society. This book seeks to address the reasons why the father or the potential father could suffer from a mental disorder or illness during the perinatal period, his reactions, and what can be done to help him.

The book explores the way in which fathers’ mental health has presented in the past and how it presents now. It looks at the father’s attitudes towards his mental well-being and how he may self-manage and self-medicate. It examines the impact and influence the potential father and the father’s mental health has on his partner, infant and children. The reasons for certain disorders and illnesses are outlined, along with how they may manifest and are managed. Treatment options and types of medication are discussed and the ways in which the father can access the best possible help and support. Stories from fathers who have suffered from a particular mental illness or condition help others to understand both the practicalities and realities.

The uniqueness of the shared stories from fathers highlights why recognition treatment and management are important to help other fathers improve their relationship with their partner and infant and to improve their own wellbeing. The book is intended to help health practitioners and anyone who is concerned about fathers’ mental health.

Babies aloud is a short film on DVD which discusses the effects of Perinatal Mental Health