Mothers & Clients FAQs

How Can I Take Part in Mothers and Babies?

There are two ways you can take part in Mothers and Babies. First, you might be able to receive Mothers and Babies from an agency or organization near you that uses the Mothers and Babies program. For example, there are many home visiting that use Mothers and Babies. We have information below on how you might be able to find a program near you that uses Mothers and Babies. The other way you can take part in Mothers and Babies is to use the materials found on this website on your own. We have worksheets for use and tips on how to manage stress. You may even want to encourage someone else who is pregnant or has a new child to use the materials together.

Home Visiting and the Mothers and Babies Program:
Right now, there are many home visiting programs across the United States that are using Mothers and Babies as a way to help pregnant women and new mothers manage stress in their lives.  Home visiting (HV) programs serve over 500,000 pregnant women and new mothers across the United States, with this number continuing to grow every year.

Q: What is home visiting?

Click here for more information.

Q: How can I find a Home Visiting Program?

Click here to find out more information on programs in your area.

Q: Is mother and babies only offered through home visiting programs?

No, several types of agencies may be using Mothers and Babies.  For example, prenatal care clinics, WIC clinics, and Headstart programs all use Mothers and Babies.  You may want to talk to the agency you are receiving services from about whether they are interested in using Mothers and Babies.

Q: How can I find a Mothers and Babies Program?

Look for people/places in your state that provide the Mothers and Babies Program, click here.

Q: How does the Mother and Babies program help moms?

During the course, moms learn:

  • Ways to think about and interact with their baby to create an emotionally and physically healthy reality for him or her.
  • Helpful information about their pregnancy and their baby’s development.
  • Ways to manage life stress and improve their mood so:
    • Moms can feel better and enjoy life more.
    • Moms can teach your baby how to manage life stress as he or she grows up.
    • Moms can avoid mood problems such as depression.
  • Program Techniques : Mothers and Babies is based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and psychoeducation.

Q: What is psychoeducation?

Psychoeducation is a type of psychosocial treatment that teaches individuals about their mental health and treatments. As it relates to the Mothers and Babies curriculum, we emphasize understanding core CBT concepts (pleasant activities, thoughts, contact with others) and how these concepts relate to one’s mood.

Additional information on psychoeducation

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please e-mail us at mothersandbabiesnu@gmail.com

Q: What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) explores relationships among a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Click here for more information.

Q: What is Attachment Theory?

Attachment theory focuses on role that early relationships play in child development, mainly the mother and baby/child relationship.

Q: Is The Mother and Babies program just in Illinois?

No, there are many programs around the United States that are using Mothers and Babies. We are always interested in expanding to other cities, counties, and states so please encourage the agencies around you to contact us.

Q: What is Postpartum Depression?

Depression during and after pregnancy is the most common complication associated with pregnancy and childbirth, with higher prevalence rates than gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, preterm labor, or hypertension.

Approximately 10-15% of women will experience postpartum depression. These percentages are higher for women facing poverty. An additional 40-50% of low-income women are estimated to have elevated depressive symptoms, and therefore are at risk for developing postpartum depression.

Depression during pregnancy is called antepartum or prenatal depression, and depression after pregnancy is called postpartum depression.

Common Mood Problems
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Additional Information on PPD

Q: How do I find support and help in my area?


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