• Sally Kettle

Updated: Jun 9

We are a foundation for ALL women who are pregnant or have a new baby.

We know there is discrimination and lack of representation of black women, women from ethnic minority backgrounds and disabled women on boards, panels, research groups and as subjects of research in women’s health.

Black women’s pregnancies are not the same as others’; due to a number of reasons there are risks that should be known, understood and reduced.

We know we can do something about it.

Activity is for the health and wellbeing of all mothers and their babies.

We are and we will always do something about it. It is, in fact, the reason the Active Pregnancy Foundation exists.

We are only just starting out, and there are still many battles to be won, but if you think we’re not doing enough, please tell us.


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  • Sally Kettle

Self-Isolating Doesn’t Have to Mean Isolated

During Maternal Mental Health Week 2020, The Active Pregnancy Foundation worked alongside the mental heath initiative Calm Baby to offer isolating women help and advice on how to stay mentally well during lockdown. Together we posted advice online and signposted towards organisations who could offer immediate support.

Much of the advice given is common sense, but it's amazing what stress, and lack of sleep, can do to our thinking. Anxiety plays a part in speeding up and muddling our thoughts too. Taking a moment to reconnect with yourself, and your support network, will make all the difference.

Check out CalmBaby on Instagram.

1. Make a List

When we’re lonely or upset we can sometimes reach out to people who aren’t

always best placed to help. If you can, take 5mins to make a list of friends or family

members who you can call upon to help with certain situations.


This person…

… can give me advice that supports my mental health

… can give me advice about looking after my baby

… will make me laugh

… will listen without judgment

… will help me with work concerns

Figuring out who your support system is will mean you reach out to the best people

to help when you need it most.

2. Make the Most of Technology

You’ll be amazed the range of technologies out there that can help us stay connect,

even if we can’t physically meet up with people.

3. Call friends and family regularly

It’s tempting to think you’re bothering people, especially if you’re not someone who

likes to ask for help. At this time, more than ever, it’s important to connect with

friends and family. It may be that you share the same worries and concerns, and a

call from you might give someone the opportunity to talk – you may be the only

person they talk to that day. Support is a two way street, and remember to check

your list – your work colleague might not be the best person to help you with


4. Say hello!

There are now more opportunities to get outside – take them! A walk, a cycle, or a run (if

you’re still up for it!) can make all the difference to your mental and physical health,

and whilst you’re out there say hello to people.

You may have noticed that since your pregnancy you’re now seeing loads of other

pregnant women and new mums… stop and introduce yourself.

5. Community Connections

Many NCT classes and the like will be cancelled right now, so connect with other

mums online. Perhaps even ask your network to ask their network if they know

anyone who is pregnant or a new mum too. Arrange a call, join a forum or group.

Sharing similar experiences really does help to reduce the sense of loneliness and


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We're posting the most recent updates from The RCOG and Royal College of Midwives, and following threads from mums commenting online.

We like to pick out a question, posted on their site, with each updated post, and this time it's regarding newborns and young babies.

Q. Could I pass coronavirus to my baby?

As this is a new virus, there is limited evidence about caring for women with coronavirus infection when they have just given birth. A small number of babies have been diagnosed with coronavirus shortly after birth, so there is a chance that infection may have occurred in the womb, but it is not certain whether transmission was before or soon after birth. Your maternity team will maintain strict infection control measures at the time of your birth and closely monitor your baby.

Q. Will my baby be tested for coronavirus?

If you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus when the baby is born, doctors who specialise in the care of newborn babies (neonatal doctors) will examine your baby and advise you about their care, including whether they need testing.

Q. Will I be able to stay with my baby/give skin-to-skin if I have suspected or confirmed coronavirus?

Yes, if that is your choice. Provided your baby is well and doesn’t require care in the neonatal unit, you will stay together after you have given birth.

In some other countries, women with confirmed coronavirus have been advised to separate from their baby for 14 days. However, this may have potential negative effects on feeding and bonding.

A discussion about the risks and benefits should take place between you and your family and the doctors caring for your baby (neonatologists) to individualise care for your baby. This guidance may change as knowledge evolves.

Read to full guidance HERE

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