(Mothers and Parents Overcoming
Worry & Enhancing Resilience)

Toolkits for parents & clinicians

About M-Power

Being pregnant and becoming a new mom can be accompanied by a wide array of emotions, even feeling sad or overwhelmed. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), like depression, can drain your energy and make it challenging to enjoy everyday life. Even though PMADs are very common, many women are not diagnosed and, therefore, don’t get the support. We’re here to help. In addition to having trained professionals who can help, we’ve assembled a toolkit to help you and your family better understand these mood disorders.


Chief & director

Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., is Chief & Director of the Developing Brain Institute at Children’s National and Professor of Radiology, Neurology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Limperopoulos studies the causes and consequences of adverse prenatal environment on brain development in newborns, high-risk fetuses and infants born preterm. Her lab leads the world in applying advanced imaging techniques to identify biomarkers and to understand the timing and evolution of impaired brain development, as well as resiliency. Her goal is to develop signals that can reliably identify issues early enough to prevent brain injuries.

Licensed clinical psychologist

Ellen Bartolini, Psy.D., PMH-C, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Developing Brain Institute (DBI). Dr. Bartolini specializes in treating parents and families coping with stress and major life changes, including during and after pregnancy. Prior to joining DBI, she spent five years at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she developed expertise in treating children and families facing serious medical illnesses. Dr. Bartolini is passionate about providing high-quality, evidence-based care to underserved and vulnerable communities. She earned her Psy.D. from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and completed her postdoctoral fellowship through The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Perinatal and child psychiatrist

Alexis Lighten Wesley, M.D., BA, is a perinatal and child psychiatrist at the Developing Brain Institute. Dr. Wesley’s expertise is counseling women about mental health treatment options surrounding pregnancy. During her training, she spearheaded an initiative to identify and treat women who were at high risk for developing postpartum depression during their newborn’s physical appointments in an underserved pediatric setting. Dr. Wesley focuses on the maternal-child relationship to support the child’s development and to promote maternal mental wellness. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry training at Children’s National Hospital, and her adult psychiatry training at the George Washington University.