Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
‘Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ provides no-cost in-home therapy for low-income uninsured and Medicaid eligible women suffering prenatal and postpartum depression. We connect families with community services (donated baby items, domestic violence resources) and partner with other non-profits like the Greater DC Diaper Bank to augment therapy and help families meet basic needs.
When a community health nurse, partner primary care provider or OBGYN suspects a woman is depressed, s/he obtains the woman’s consent and refers her to ‘Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ . If the woman qualifies (she must be uninsured, low-income and live within Montgomery County, MD.) and agrees to counseling, our Intake Coordinator connects the mothers with one of our bilingual therapists. The therapist makes 12 no-cost in-home therapy sessions. Regular home visits stabilize the mother and enable her to soothe, nurture and care for her baby.
In complex or severe cases, we extend therapy beyond 12 sessions to make sure the mother and baby are stable and safe. Our services may also include a visit with a psychiatrist to evaluate and treat clients who may benefit from medication in addition to talk therapy to help them get relief from their depression.
I felt depressed, I was always shut away in my room, I never went out, I always complained, sometimes I even asked why didn’t I just die instead and why was I suffering so much? Now after the program, I have a sense of hope. The program has taught me that thanks to my children I can have a lot of hope to be able to move forward.
To speak with the Program Manager contact Cristina Astrada-Keeling, LCPC at firstname.lastname@example.org