BBC Radio 5 live is supporting the start of UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week on Monday 30 April with a network-wide #MumTakeover.All day on Monday 30 April, the station will hear from young mothers about everything from post-natal depression to ‘mum shaming’, how to co-parent with an ex and successful flexible working. And it’s not just the mums who will have a voice, as dads are encouraged to call in too.
A mix of celebrities, young mothers and parenting experts will be taking part, swapping anecdotes, sharing wisdom and offering support.
Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine will join Anna Foster to discuss what needs to change, MTV’s Lateysha Grace will guest edit Afternoon Edition to debate successful co-parenting and singer Jamelia will talk about her experience of mum shaming on 5 live Drive. A range of online influencers will be joining the conversation too, including ‘mummy blogger’ Tova Leigh.
BBC Radio 5 live held the first #MumTakeover last November in Blackpool. It was a huge hit with the 5 live audience, receiving widespread praise and reaching over 3.5million people on social media as well as generating almost one million page views on the BBC News website.
On Monday, 5 live’s #MumTakeover kicks off at 5.15am. The full schedule is as follows:
05.15 Wake Up To Money
5 live’s business programme explores the issues surrounding returning to work after maternity leave, including running a business and flexible working.
06.00 5 live Breakfast
Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden introduce a special report from Legacy FM’s Simone Riley who is exploring the problem of post-natal depression in BAME (Black, Asian and Multi Ethnic) communities.
10.00 Anna Foster
Anna Foster will be talking to Netmums’ Annie O’Leary and a range of parents and influencers at 5 live’s HQ at MediaCityUK asking “What needs to change to improve things for mothers?”. She will also be joined by Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine who will discuss the challenges of travelling with children.
13.00 Afternoon Edition
Nihal Arthanayake welcomes MTV presenter Lateysha Grace into the studio. Lateysha is mother to a four-year-old and is separated from her partner. In her guest edit she’ll be discussing how to successfully co-parent. Nihal will also be joined by the founder of the Step Mum’s Club, Priscilla Appeaning, who wants to bridge the gaps between mums and step mums and get rid of the ‘wicked stepmother’ trope.
16.00 5 live Drive
Sarah Brett and Tony Livesey explore mum-shaming as they hear about the pressures young mothers can feel to be the perfect parent. The phone-in at 18.30 will feature a panel of young mothers, singer Jamelia and the chief exec of the charity Gingerbread, which champions single parent families.
22.30 Phil Williams
5 live’s late-night progamme focusses on fathers and mental health. Phil Williams’ #dadtakeover will bring dads together to ask ‘what do you wish you’d been told about becoming a dad?’.
Listen live here https://www.bbc.co.uk/5live
Catch up on all the day’s content via the special #MumTakeover page – bbc.co.uk/mumtakeover and follow the conversation online using hashtags #MumTakeover and #maternalMHmatters