Determining the Effectiveness of the Mothers and Babies 1-on-1 Intervention
While there is strong evidence that the group version of Mothers and Babies improves maternal mental health outcomes, not all agencies serving pregnant women and new mothers can easily implement group-based interventions. For example, geographic distance, transportation, and childcare all may be barriers to successful Mothers and Babies groups. In an attempt to facilitate the widespread adoption of the Mothers and Babies content, study investigators have translated the content of the Mothers and Babies group version into a "1-on-1" version, consisting of 12 sessions of approximately 15-20 minutes in length.
Currently, the Northwestern Mothers and Babies research team is conducting a study aimed at establishing the efficacy of the Mothers and Babies 1-on-1 version. The long-term goal of this study is to provide home visiting programs and other programs serving perinatal women with an easy-to-implement intervention that is effective in preventing the onset of major depression and worsening of depressive symptoms among low-income women enrolled in HV programs. The short-term objectives of this study are to determine:
- Acceptability of MB 1-on-1
- Feasibility of implementing MB 1-on-1
- The effect of MB 1-on-1 on maternal mental health and quality of life outcomes