Perinatal Mental Health & Early Development

WARM Study

The WARM study follows infants of mothers with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and control from pregnancy to the end of their first year.

This project involves collaboration with academic colleagues in Denmark (University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark) and Scotland (University of Glasgow), and healthcare providers in both countries. The WARM study recruits a sample of women with a lifetime diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression, and a comparison group of women without these diagnoses. These women are recruited during pregnancy, and then we follow the women and their children through the first year after birth. In this project we are measuring mental health and well-being, both of the mother and her partner. We also look at the infants’ development over their first year from birth up until twelve months, as well as the interaction between the mother and the child.

Over the following year we monitor:

  • mental health and wellbeing of the woman and her partner
  • the infant’s development
  • interaction between mother and child

The WARM study is providing unique data on very early risk developmental status and associated psychosocial risk factors. These data will inform health and social care delivery and help us to develop targeted preventive interventions for infants of parents with severe mental disorder, which will also be attuned to parent’s needs.