The project

The First 1000 days in the Nordic Countries: Supporting a Healthy Start in Life
First 1000 days in the nordic countries

About the project

The First 1000 Days in the Nordic Countries is a three-year collaborative project that focuses on the mental well-being of infants, toddlers and their parents from pregnancy until two years of age. It is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and was launched by the Icelandic presidency in the Nordic Council in 2019.

The project is managed by the Directorate of Health in Iceland with partners from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health East and South (RBUP Øst og Sør) in Norway, the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten), and the Itla Children’s Foundation and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Finland.

The project has delivered an extensive situation analysis where information was gathered from across the Nordic countries on practices to support wellbeing and identify risk factors among young children and their families within prenatal care, infant and child healthcare and early childhood education and care (ECEC). It has also delivered a scientific review of the evidence-base for interventions and assessment instruments for children and parents during the early years in the Nordic countries. As a final deliverable, the project offers policy recommendations for the Nordic governments on how to best support children‘s wellbeing during this critical period in their lives so that all children born in the Nordic countries will receive the best possible start in life. The foundation for a prosperous society is laid by strengthening the foundations of a healthy childhood.

The First 1000 Days in the Nordic Countries

A situation analysis

The First 1000 Days in the Nordic Countries

Psychosocial interventions and psychological tests: A review of the evidence

The First 1000 Days in the Nordic Countries

Policy recommendations

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Dr. Alain Gregoire

Dr. Alain Gregoire is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist who has led multiple award winning specialist perinatal mental health services in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. He has contributed extensively to the development of policy, strategy, guidance and clinical services in parental and infant mental health in the UK and across the world. 

Dr. Gregoire is the founder and current president of the UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of over 110 organisations in the United Kingdom committed to improving maternal mental health care and outcomes for mothers and infants. The coalition has successfully campaigned for government funding for perinatal mental health services across the UK and launched the 2013 cross-party manifesto, The 1001 Critical Days, which sets out a vision for the provision of services in the UK for the period between conception and age 2.

In 2016, Dr. Gregoire launched the Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health with similar aims worldwide which now includes over 25 international member organisations.