Pregnancy and having a new child in the home can be an exciting time. It also can be a stressful time due to a variety of reasons. Most women experience stress during pregnancy and after delivery—for some, this stress is manageable but for many women the stress can be overwhelming and can lead to depression, anxiety, and challenges in taking care of a new child.
Mothers and Babies Course is a program that reduces stress and promotes healthy mood management. The program focuses on:
Using the Mothers and Babies program materials, you will learn:
Click here to view, “My Parents, My Teachers“,
a video used in one of the first Mothers & Babies Course activities
– courtesy of El Valor and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The MB 1-on-1 intervention is designed to be implemented by one staff person (e.g. a home visitor) with one client, over the course of 12 brief (15-20 minute) sessions. Each visit includes key points, interactive activities, and a brief script to provide a framework and examples for discussion. These brief sessions are designed so home visitors can integrate the content into the course of a regular home visit or deliver them as supplemental sessions. Between visits, clients work on “personal projects” to practice new skills and reinforce the concepts in the context of their everyday lives.
Mothers & Babies 1-on-1 Participant Manual
The MB Group intervention can be facilitated by one or two providers, over the course of six, two-hour group sessions. Each session contains didactic instruction, activities and group discussion, as well as assigned “personal projects” to practice new skills and reinforce key concepts in the context of everyday life. Sessions incorporate aspects of psychoeducation to foster self-awareness and self-efficacy, as well as promotion of healthy bonding and developmentally appropriate mother-infant interactions. Read More.