The co-founders of Maternal OCD are Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson. We are passionate about helping both mothers and the medical profession to recognise Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and identify the most appropriate techniques for recovery. We have experienced extreme Maternal OCD and know how debilitating it can be; by raising the awareness of OCD in mothers we can help mums to enjoy motherhood.
Maria, mother of two, has experienced and recovered from extreme post partum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Maria has since chosen to commit herself as an ambassador for women and mothers suffering from OCD. Maria also held the position of Chair for OCD-UK between 2005-2009, a national OCD charity.
Maria managed the strategic direction of OCD-UK, sourcing external funding, managing the board of trustees, presenting to mental health professionals, and liaising with patrons, medical directors and professors including Families in Focus, Professor P Salkovskis and Dr Jeffrey Schwartz.
Maria has extensive experience and achieved success across all three sectors: private, public and third including running a successful Training Academy worth £1.2m, setting up and maintaining community partnerships in Hertfordshire and building funding capacity within the third sector including the education sector.
Maria is active in her local community and has recently completed four years as a school Governor, she was the Governor Development Co-ordinator and has been trained by the Institute of Leadership to deliver training. Maria has worked with POhWER, a key national advocacy organisation, and also works with Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a trained Peer Experience Listener. She sat on the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health and on the National Involvement Partnership Advisory Group focusing on the involvement of service users and carers to contribute to mental health policy development.
Maria works as part of the Everyone’s Business campaign and also sits on the Health Education England Perinatal Mental Health board. Her passion lies in enabling all mothers to be able to enjoy motherhood – this can only be achieved by raising awareness of perinatal OCD and providing resources for prevention and recovery.
Diana Wilson is an accomplished speaker who presents on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) sufferer experience, both to the wider community and within the medical community. Having worked for and represented the charity OCDUK including as a trustee for six years, she is now an OCD support group facilitator at the Priory, Ticehurst House, in East Sussex, which she has run for four years.
Diana has featured in various magazines including ‘Best’ and ‘The Lady’ and national newspapers including The Times, The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. She has been interviewed by Fern Britten in ITV’s ‘This Morning’ as well as on separate occasions by Dr Mark Porter, Dr Raj Persaud, and Sian Williams on BBC’s breakfast television. She has spoken frequently on local BBC radio.
Within the scientific community and most notably to mental health professionals, Diana has delivered numerous presentations to raise awareness of the OCD experience from a patient’s perspective. She has presented at The Priory, Ticehurst House, at the OCDUK conference in Liverpool, to audiences of psychology students at various universities, to NHS Trusts, and as a representative of OCDUK to a NICE conference in London.
She was invited to be on a panel to discuss the disorder at the London ICA, as well as at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Diana has also appeared in a multi-media recording for the Open University. She delivers talks and discussions at local GP surgeries, and has also featured in an NHS video.
Diana is a fully recovered OCD sufferer who lives in Kent with her husband and four children.