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Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mother and baby units

ESMI MBU investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of psychiatric Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) compared with general psychiatric wards or care from intensive Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs) for acute severe postnatal disorders for women in the year post birth. We will compare the effectiveness of these services in preventing further admissions, addressing health and social care needs and supporting mothers in their relationships with their infants. We will also investigate impacts on partners/significant others’ mental health, worries, finances and ability to cope. 

We have no language or diagnostic restrictions. We are recruiting women: 

  • admitted to MBUs, general wards or CRTs for acute severe postnatal disorders in the first year post-delivery
  • who are not under these services “prophylactically” (i.e. for close monitoring in high risk cases or for statutory parenting assessments (i.e. not for acute illness))
  • whose baby has not been permanently removed from their care before admission 

Who is involved?

HSPR members include:  Professor Louise M. Howard (Chief Investigator), Professor in Women’s Mental Health and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Professor Sarah Byford, Professor of Health Economics; Professor Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research; Dr Kylee Trevillion; Dr Margaret Heslin; Sian Koskela and Stacey Jennings. 

Other investigators include: Professor Kathryn Abel (Joint lead), University of Manchester; Professor Sonia Johnson, University College London; Dr Susan Pawlby, IOPPN Professor Ian Jones, Cardiff University; Nicky Stanley, University of Central Lancashire; Professor Angelika Wieck, University of Manchester; Professor Andrew Pickles, Director of CTU and Dr Rebekah Shallcross, University of Manchester. For more information contact


The ESMI programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme.

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