Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy
The Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Program is designed to assist the pregnant woman in moving beyond the physical dimensions of pregnancy by addressing the emotional and psychological challenges new mothers face, including post-partum depression, unresolved grief or loss and other mental health disruptions. This program includes the normal, typical course of pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, domestic violence, pregnant women with unresolved grief or loss, and those women experiencing depression or other mental health disruptions. Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy covers issues critical to the development of the early mother-child relationship including:
Bonding of parent to child
Attachment of child to parent
The importance of early brain development
The role that emotionally and attentive caregiving play in the child's emotional and cognitive development
By helping the pregnant woman improve her mental and emotional state during pregnancy, we are able to increase the chances that she and her child will experience a healthier relationship.
The Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy Program is used by professionals with health training and experience in the basic management of pregnancy including public health nurses, home visitors, midwives, and physicians. Training is recommended though not required.
"The training provides a wealth of information about maternal mental health and ways to intervene with clients. It is a program that nurses complete and can immediately put into practice . . . the interventions come ready for nurses to adapt as needed for his or her clients." - NYC Public Health Nurse Supervisor