Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) capacity increase options: consultation

A consultation on how to increase Mother and Baby Unit provision or equivalent services to support women with severe mental illness during the perinatal period and their infants. This consultation will inform the development of an options appraisal, as recommended in Delivering Effective Services.

Section D: The Mother and Baby Unit Family Fund (MBUFF)

The Mother and Baby Unit Family Fund (MBUFF) was established in 2020 to provide a contribution towards the cost of visiting a mother and baby being treated in an MBU for perinatal mental illness. This is to facilitate support for the woman and baby in the unit, support continued family bonding and allow staff in the unit to work with the family group.

Partners/ fathers/ main carers, in addition to existing children up to school leaving age (16), can make claims for reasonable accommodation, travel expenses and a flat rate contribution of £8.50 per person per day for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Claims can be submitted incrementally during an ongoing MBU stay (e.g. weekly) or in full for the entire stay, up to three months, following discharge.

10. Are you aware of the Mother and Baby Unit Family Fund (MBUFF)?

  • Yes
  • No

11. If you are aware of the fund, how did you find out about it?

  • From clinicians
  • From the website
  • From a leaflet
  • From other service users
  • Other

12. If you or a family member have been treated in a Mother and Baby Unit since October 2020, did you use the fund?

  • Yes
  • No

13. What, if any, are the barriers to using the Mother and Baby Unit Family Fund (MBUFF)?

Please give us your views

14. How could the MBUFF be improved?

Please give us your views



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