The Association for Post-Natal Illness is the leading organisation in its field. It is a Registered Charity (No. 280510) and it was established in 1979 to:

  • Provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness
  • Increase public awareness of the illness
  • To encourage research into its cause and nature

The Association provides a telephone helpline, information leaflets for sufferers and healthcare professionals as well as a network of volunteers (telephone and postal), who have themselves experienced postnatal illness. For a printed information pack send a s.a.e. to:-  145 Dawes Road, Fulham, London, UK, SW6 7EB or click on Leaflets on PNI for more information about PNI.

The work of the Association is essential as post-natal illness affects between 70,000 and 100,000 women and their babies in the UK every year. It is rightly called ‘the silent epidemic’.

Hi all, can any of our working mums or dads out there (or anyone you know) help raise much needed funds for APNI?
If your company donates to charity, would you be able to put our association forward.
We exist solely on donations so any help would be hugely appreciated! : THANK-YOU.


Lucie Holland Petition

There is an online petition spearheaded by Lucie Holland and family asking Dr. Dan Poulter MP, Department of Health, to increase the number of specialist perinatal mental health professionals and services.

Lucie wrote: My wonderful sister Emma (aka Emsie), died in December 2011, 6 months after giving birth to her first child, she was 32 years old. Emma took her own life under a train whilst suffering from severe post natal depression which escalated 4 months after delivery. Emma was referred by her GP to the Mental Health Crisis Team for home treatment. We now know that if Emma had been referred to a specialist mother and baby unit and received professional specialist care for her illness she would have recovered. No mother should suffer the way that Emma did and no child should be without his mother because of an illness which is treatable. As a family we have to live with the devastation of the utterly life changing consequences due to a lack of care.

If you would like to sign the petition, please follow this link:


Apni Leaflets

The Association has produced a number of leaflets relating to PNI, both for mothers and the medical profession. Below are the two leaflets that we send to mothers or individuals who need information on the subject:-

Click here for The Baby Blues and PND (This leaflet is available in the following languages on request:- Bengali, Gujarti, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi).

Click here for the Postnatal Depression leaflet.

The Association also has a ‘GUIDE TO PROGESTERONE FOR POSTNATAL DEPRESSION’ booklet. This is available on request.[/one_third]

Emma Cadywould and Family

emma_apniLucie Holland has raised over £4,000 during the past two years on her Just Giving page set up in memory of her sister Emma Cadywould. Emma’s family, in particular Lucie, and her parents Mr and Mrs Holland and have been very generous contributors to the work of the Association and our profound thanks go to the whole family for their generous donations and fundraising efforts. Emmsie’s friends have also been busy raising money in her memory.


The picture shown is of Emma.

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