4M is a unique peer-led programme led by Black migrant women. We train women living with HIV across the UK. as Mentor Mothers to provide psycho-social support to peers in their pregnancy journey and beyond. It is now entirely possible that, with the right care, respect and support, women living with HIV can have babies born HIV-free through normal vaginal delivery. 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. Instead of a top-down, bio-medical focus on ‘elimination of Mother to Child Transmission’ (eMTCT), we work to ‘ensure our Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (eSRHR) throughout our lives’.
We are an entirely peer-run organisation of women living with HIV. Led by Black women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, our approach seeks to ensure that our voices and priorities are heard in all 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.
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, despite all the scientific advances, continues to be highly stigmatised, disempowering individuals from participation or 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.
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.