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Maternal OCD is a charity co-founded by two mothers, Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson, who have experienced and recovered from extreme perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is a debilitating anxiety disorder which is treatable.

Maternal OCD aims are to:

1. Raise awareness of perinatal OCD to healthcare professionals, mums to be/new mums, researchers and national decision-makers
2. Provide information and support to mums and their families
3. Encourage and support perinatal OCD research

‘OCD is a significant but a treatable problem. However, lack of knowledge amongst women experiencing perinatal OCD and the professionals they encounter has sometimes been a huge barrier to accessing treatment. Maternal OCD play a key role in helping women and healthcare professionals gain a better understanding of this disorder and how to identify and treat it’

Dr Fiona Challacombe, Maternal OCD Patron – Researcher, Kings College London & Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry & Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma

Working together

Maternal OCD is proud to be a member of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and supports their Everyone’s Business campaign.

The #everyonesbusiness campaign calls for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it.

This includes perinatal OCD which is one of the most misunderstood perinatal mental health problems.

Maternal OCD works closely with OCD Action to support women and raise the profile of OCD and is very grateful for their support.


Maternal OCD is also a member of the Small Charities Coalition receiving small charity support when needed. Maternal OCD is also a strong supporter and member of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) which is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

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