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What we do

4M is a unique peer-led programme training women living with HIV across the UK as Mentor Mothers to provide psycho-social support to peers in their pregnancy journey and beyond. As a result of our work, Mentor Mother peer support is now promoted as good practice in the British HIV Association National Pregnancy Guidelines. We also have international members – see more on the ‘About’ tab.

At 4M, we are working to shift the narrative. From ‘elimination of Mother to Child Transmission’ (eMTCT ) to ‘ensuring our Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (eSRHR) throughout our lives’.

As an entirely peer-run organisation of women living with HIV, led by Black women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, our approach is about centering our voices in discussions about issues affecting women living with HIV pre, during and beyond the pregnancy journey.

In all our work, 4M considers the different needs and priorities of women living with HIV in all our diversity. All women living with HIV are welcomed, and all experiences are respected. Our approach is person-centred, holistic and collaborative, addressing the intersectional issues affecting our lives as women living with HIV.

Our work is led by, shaped by, and includes women living with HIV around the UK and internationally.

4MNet: ensuring our sexual and reproductive rights during pregnancy and beyond, for life.

How we do this

  • We train women living with HIV as Mentor Mothers, using the 4M ‘My Pregnancy Journey’ training programme. We also train Mentor Mothers to be trainers, using our Training of Trainers Manual.
  • We support Mentor Mothers who are providing peer support to women living with HIV around the UK and internationally. We provide one-to-one support and supervision, and group support to Mentor Mothers through our WhatsApp 4MNet group.
  • We work with clinicians to improve the pregnancy experience of women living with HIV.
  • We collaborate with researchers to build the evidence base on what women need to achieve our full sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • We reach out to HIV organisations and organisations working on issues affecting women living with HIV perinatally, such as domestic violence, housing, immigration, mental health, food and income poverty.
  • We advocate for change, to improve the perinatal experiences and quality of life of women living with HIV.
  • We develop the personal and professional capacity of Mentor Mothers through our training programs and by opportunities for involvement within the network
  • We provide  knowledge exchange through our webinar series

In all this, we provide an enabling environment for women who face multiple disadvantages to find their individual voice and be visible within a collective. This is important as HIV continues to be highly stigmatised disempower individuals from participation and achieving their human rights. The women in our network are disproportionately affected and represent a diversity of identities. Many are from migrant backgrounds including the Caribbean, and East, Southern, and West African countries.

Our funders

We are grateful to our current funders, MAC Aids Fund and the National Lottery.

We are also grateful for past support from ViiV Healthcare and MIND.