A study of the measurement properties and acceptability of the Me and My Baby Tool. (MAM-B)


Bonding is the emotional connection parents feel towards their baby. A strong bond supports child development, but many parents struggle to develop a bond. Despite NHS recommendations to identify early bonding issues, many healthcare practitioners find it difficult in practice and parents may feel ashamed to share bonding concerns.

Health visitors and clinical psychologists from Bradford, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire worked with parents to create and design the Me and My Baby (MAM-B) Questionnaire. This questionnaire is short, easy to use and helps practitioners open up conversations with parents about bonding with their baby.

Healthcare staff in Hull and the Humber region are now using the questionnaire with parents experiencing mental health difficulties. This means they can signpost parents to support when needed to develop a stronger relationship with their baby. We plan to explore cross-cultural application of MaMB and work with partners to embed it in practice more widely.


Sub-theme: Best Start

Currently Underway

Team Contact:

Principal Research Fellow


How this project is making a difference

Other projects

Acceptability of photobiomodulation for mucositis management in children and young people

Most children with cancer are treated with chemotherapy. Eight in every ten of these children develop a sore mouth, which can involve extensive, painful ulceration. We call this oral mucositis....

GP drop-in clinics at Family Hubs

Our team are supporting Hull City Council to evaluate a new GP drop-in clinic at a Family Hub. The clinic is available to all families attending certain play sessions at...

Exploring the psychometric properties of parent and child measures

We are working on several projects that will evaluate the psychometric properties and potential utility of measures administered during the early years to both parents and children. We are looking...

Do you have a research idea or want to learn more about our work and how it could be implemented in your area?