> Suicide and overdose combined are the leading cause of death for women in the first year following childbirth.
The goal of this event was to bring together representatives of evidence-based programs designed to prevent and mitigate perinatal mental health conditions, along with representatives from government agencies, national organizations, and others who could benefit from learning about and potentially implementing these programs.
Three evidence-based protocols, two of which have been endorsed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, have proved effective in preventing PMH conditions by teaching parents how to reduce stress, improve communication, and build social support. These programs focus primarily on parents with limited resources or support systems and are typically available via community mental health centers, federally qualified health centers, or home visiting programs.
MOTHERS AND BABIES
Focus on low-income women
Valid during pregnancy and postpartum
English and Spanish
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Group (8 sessions) or individual (9 sessions) via home visiting programs
Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essential for Mothers of Newborns (ROSES)
Focus on low-income women during pregnancy
Group or one-on-one
4 sessions during pregnancy, 1 booster session postpartum
Integrated Interpersonal Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy
Practical Resources for Effective Postpartum Parenting (PREPP)