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Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy

What is Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy?

  • Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy assists pregnant women in moving beyond the physical dimensions of pregnancy to the emotional and psychological challenges they face.
  • Program materials cover theory, practice and interventions with reproducible handouts to use with the pregnant woman.

How does Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy benefit parent-child relationships?

  • Research has shown that a mother’s mental health and emotional state during pregnancy has an immediate and direct impact on her lifelong relationship with her infant.
  • In turn, the health of the mother-child relationship directly impacts the child’s quality of life, possibly throughout the lifespan.
  • 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.

Who should use Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy?

  • Professionals with health training and experience in the basic management of pregnancy including Public Health Nurses, Home Visitors, Midwives, Physicians

Is training required? Training is not required though highly recommended. Our workshops are taught by experienced nurses/social workers with an extensive background in working with pregnant women. Two-day workshops are offered twice a year in Seattle and also can be arranged at your site.

Contact us at pcrp@uw.edu for further information about bringing this training to your community or organization.

“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