I was delighted to be asked to join the Board of Trustees of the Brazelton Centre UK in 2021 to offer my experience in healthcare strategy and implementation.
I have been working as a management consultant for the UK healthcare sector for the past 7 years. I recently founded my own company, Mentis Advisory Limited, dedicated to improving mental health care services across the country. Prior to this, I obtained an undergraduate degree in Physiological Sciences from Balliol College, Oxford and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from University College London (UCL). Having worked with Health Education England on their national training programmes for perinatal mental health, and through my current studies in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at UCL, I have come to appreciate the great importance of nurturing parent-infant relationships and understanding the unique communication of newborn babies. As a trustee, I hope to use my experience and knowledge to promote the work of the Brazelton Centre UK alongside my fellow trustees.
I was pleased to join the Board of Trustees of the Brazelton Centre UK in June 2018 to assist the Board with legal matters.
In my ‘day job’ I am a solicitor working on environmental and planning law. I originally qualified as a lawyer in the United States, where I worked for an environmental charity. Before studying law, I got a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Cell Biology at UC San Diego. As a new parent I was fascinated to learn more about how tiny babies communicate and I’m delighted to help the Brazelton Centre in its important work to support parent-infant relationships.
Dr Maddalena Miele, DPhil, MRCPsych, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist
St Mary’s Hospital – London
Central North West London FT & Imperial College London
I have a clinical background in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed a PhD in neuroscience at the department of Physiology at Oxford University. I trained in General Adult Psychiatry at the Maudsley, Bethlem and St Mary’s Hospitals with an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. I have set up and led the perinatal mental health service at St Mary’s Hospital in London in partnership with the maternity unit since 2009. The service offers specialist, holistic care to mentally ill parents and their babies from pregnancy up to 12 months after delivery. I was Clinical Lead of the Perinatal Mental Health Service for CNWL FT (2016-2019). I trained in Infant Mental Health with Dr PO Svanberg (Care Index and Parent Infant Interaction Observation Scale). I am an accredited trainer for the Parent Infant Interaction Observation Scale course at Warwick University Medical School. I have been heavily involved in perinatal mental health service development and I am the chair the North West London division of the London Perinatal Mental Health Network (NHS England). Last year I was appointed on the board of trustee of the Association of Infant Mental Health UK. I am actively involved in training programs and research to improve perinatal & infant mental health care.
As a clinician, I have the privilege to be invited into the lives of parents who often struggle with the consequences of past childhood adversities and want to give their babies what was denied to them. Empowering them to make the transition to parenthood a transformative and enjoyable experience, is the best part of my job. Being a trustee of the Brazelton UK is a unique opportunity to promote infant mental health literacy on a wider scale and work with amazing colleagues sharing the same vision.
Chair Of TrusteesView Bio
I have been a trustee on the Board of the Brazelton Centre UK for 4 years and its Chair for the past year. I am both NBAS and NBO trained, first using the NBAS when it was in its infancy in 1976. I trained as a developmental psychologist gaining my clinical and academic doctorate at the University of Nottingham and have over 40 years of experience working with mothers and babies both in clinical and research contexts. I trained in observational methodology and have pioneered the use of the NBAS and video feedback techniques in supporting the developing relationship between mothers with severe mental illness and their infants.
Until December 2016 I was a Lecturer in the Section of Perinatal Psychiatry at King’s College London (KCL), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team on the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Since my retirement, I hold a Visiting Senior Research Fellow appointment at KCL and an honorary contract with SLaM.
I have undertaken several research studies, notably the South London Child Development Study (SLCDS). Over a period of 25 years I have worked on the SLCDS, a prospective, longitudinal community study begun in pregnancy, looking at the effects of the mother’s experience of childhood maltreatment, maternal depression in pregnancy and child maltreatment on the offspring into young adulthood. I have published widely on this subject in peer-reviewed journals and presented research findings at international and national conferences. I provided expert advice to the NSPCC’s All Babies Count Campaign and am a member of the Early Years’ Champions working group dedicated to pushing forward the all-party manifesto on the First 1001 Critical Days from conception to 2 years. I gave expert evidence before the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry committed to the prevention of problems in childhood and adolescence, through early intervention in pregnancy and the first years. Currently I am one of the experts advising the Ministerial Early Years Family Support Group and am a member of the NHS England Perinatal Parent Infant Pathway Expert Reference Group.
Maggie Redshaw is an internationally renowned developmental psychologist with over 150 publications. Over the last 30 years, key aspects of her work have included the experiences and longer term development of babies born preterm. Dr Redshaw’s work has also included the experiences of mothers and fathers and neonatal intensive care staff and the organisation and delivery of neonatal intensive care. She has also undertaken studies exploring developmental care of full term and preterm babies.
Her extensive research studies include qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research, often focusing on the needs of new mothers and families. She has a global perspective on health care issues and has conducted internationally-based research with studies in Australia at the University of Queensland. She is an editor for the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology and associate editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. She is a co-editor for the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology and is currently associate editor of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
In 1998 Maggie was a founder member of the Brazelton Centre UK, which she has continued to support, joining the board of trustees in 2016 and is chair of the Training Committee.
Trustee – Treasurer
I am the Chief Administration Officer for HSBC Commercial Banking in the United Kingdom, where I carry responsibility for running, changing and setting the future priorities of a business serving the UK’s business community. With a 25 year career spread over 8 countries from Asia through the Middle East to North America, I have now settled back in the UK, where I have settled in North Yorkshire with my wife and 2 children.
I joined the Brazelton Centre UK Board early in 2018, where I serve as Treasurer, assisting in particular with the setting of future priorities to continue to extend the Charity’s influence and impact.
Eileen Hayes, MBE
Former Chair 2014-2017. Served on the board since 2008Remembering Eileen
Eileen Hayes, MBE
Eileen Hayes MBE was Chair of Trustees from 2014 (trustee since 2008) until her death in November 2017. The charity owes a tremendous amount to Eileen who unfailingly supported our work with parents and babies and through her many connections, greatly increased the awareness of our work. We miss her enthusiasm, passion and warmth so much.
In memory of Eileen’s contribution, we received a very kind gift from her husband, David Hayes, in order to establish a dedicated fund in her memory, the “Eileen Hayes Fund”. This will be used in our work to support families with newborn babies.