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DC-wide Community Network for
Mother-Baby
Wellness

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DC-wide Community Network
for Mother-Baby Wellness

A network for improving prenatal and postpartum mental
health and enhancing early intervention for young children



"Working with our community partners, we are building healthy babies and families through city-wide maternal mental health screening and support during and after pregnancy, including care coordination, individual and group therapy, developmental screening for infants and young children and building capacity through enhanced training, advocacy and partnership."

- Zavi Brees-Saunders, MPH
Evidence is clear that perinatal mental health concerns are very common and are often undetected and undertreated. Further, these concerns negatively impact fetal growth and development and the health and wellness of both mom and baby. Screening for and responding to perinatal mental health concerns are critical areas of need. Universal screening, targeted treatment, and early detection of developmental delays in infants and young children have the potential to greatly impact the health and well-being of mothers and babies in our community.
We aim to grow capacity for these key services as the DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness—a far-reaching partnership of DC’s main prenatal care providers, perinatal-focused, community-based organizations and birthing hospitals—with training, advocacy and direct services through the DC Mother-Baby Wellness Initiative.
Who is eligible to enroll?
  • Anyone who is pregnant or has an infant younger than 6 months old AND gets prenatal, delivery, postpartum and pediatric care in DC.

What do we provide?
  • Screening for perinatal mental health concerns
  • Perinatal care coordination
  • Prevention groups
  • Group or individual therapy with licensed behavioral health provider
  • Referrals due to patient acuity or longer-term need, including for psychiatry services
  • References for additional services and resources
  • Developmental screening for infants and young children
How?
Perinatal mental health trainings will be held the second Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. (ET), are available to anyone and will be held on Zoom, until further notice.

Aug. 11, 2021: DC Mother-Baby Wellness Initiative and services
Sept.  8, 2021:  Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder screening
Oct. 13, 2021: Triage
Nov. 10, 2021: Short-term interventions
Dec. 8, 2021: Prevention interventions

Jan. 12, 2021: Psychiatric interventions


    DC-WIDE COMMUNITY NETWORK FOR MOTHER-BABY WELLNESS PARTNERSHIP

    Children’s National Hospital More about this partner
    Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D.
    Chief & Director, Developing Brain Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team. More about this partner

    Adré J. du Plessis, M.B.Ch.B.
    Director, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Nickie Niforatos-Andescavage, M.D.
    Attending, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Director, Neonatal Transport. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Lee S. Beers, M.D.
    Medical Director, Community Health and Advocacy. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Jessica L. Quistorff, MPH
    Program manager, Clinical Research. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Zavi Brees-Saunders, MPH
    Director, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

    Diedtra Henderson
    Manager, Science and Communications. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

    Géraldine Pluviose, MBA
    Senior Program Manager. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Tininka Rahman, BSN
    Director, Clark Parent & Child Network Infant-Toddler Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Kate Cilli, CGC
    Genetic counselor, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Meghan Monahan, Esq.
    Senior Policy Associate, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

    Ellen Bartolini, PSY.D.
    Perinatal Psychologist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness.

    U'nek Clarke, LICSW
    Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

    Veturah Thomas
    Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

    Yensy Cundumi-Zuniga
    Perinatal Care Coordintor, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

    Catherine Lopez, MS
    Lead, Clinical Research Program Coordinator. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Jessie Amick
    Clinical Research Coordinator, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

    Community of Hope More about this partner
    Alsan Bellard Jr., M.D., MBA.
    Chief Medical Officer. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Kelly Sweeney McShane
    President and CEO. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Adrienne Wise, NCC, LPC
    Director, Behavioral Health. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Abayea Pelt
    Director, Maternal and Child Health. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Leslie Brettschneider, LICSW
    Associate Director of Behavioral Health Integration. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Victoria Roberts
    Vice President, Health Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Howard University More about this partner
    Guoyang Luo M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Kristin Atkins, M.D., FACOG
    DC-wide Community Network for Mother Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

    Steven Ralston, M.D.
    Professor and Chief of Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Mamatoto Village More about this partner
    Aza Nedhari
    Executive Director. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

    Mary's Center More about this partner
    Maria S. Gomez, RN, MPH
    President and CEO. DCMBW Leadership. More about this partner

    Joan Yengo. Chief Program Officer
    Chief Program Officer. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Ariste Sallas-Brookwell, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
    Manager, Maternal Mental Health Program. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    MedStar More about this partner
    Melissa Howard Fries, M.D.
    Reproductive geneticist and high-risk obstetrician. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Loral Patchen, Ph.D., CNM
    Vice-Chair, Innovation and Community Programs; Clinical Lead, Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

    Shy Porter, Ph.D., LMFT
    Maternal Mental Health Therapist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Aimee Danielson, Ph.D.
    Founder and Director, Women's Mental Health Program. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

    Helain Jody Landy, M.D.
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

    Shatiera Amankrah, LICSW, LCSW, PMH-C
    Maternal Mental Health Program Coordinator. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Sibley Memorial Hospital More about this partner
    Anu Gupta Mullick, MHSA
    Executive Director, Regional Clinical Programs. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Alexis White, MSN
    Director, Women's and Infants' Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Jennifer Merzius, BSN, RN
    DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Kamelia Bayat
    Director of Operations, Women's and Infant's Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Martece Yates, BSN, RN
    Nurse Navigator, High-Risk Patient Care and Outreach, Women’s and Infant’s Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    The George Washington University More about this partner
    Nancy D. Gaba M.D., FACOG
    Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

    Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le. Professor
    Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

    Jennifer Keller, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee and Work Group. More about this partner

    Kaitlyn (Kaity) Molé, MSN, CNM, PMHNP-BC, SANE-A ,CNM
    Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Instructor. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Ololade (Lola) Okito, M.D.
    Neonatologist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

    Unity Health Center More about this partner
    Siobhan Burke, M.D.
    Director, OB/GYN. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner


The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive


The Foundation supports the work of organizations with strong leadership and values that reflect those of their founder, A. James Clark. Their mission is to expand opportunities for those who demonstrate the drive and determination to better themselves and their communities. Together with their partners, they focus on educating engineers, improving the lives of veterans and their families, and providing members of the DC community the best opportunity to thrive.

Since its founding in 1987, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation is proud to have supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations located primarily in the Washington, DC region. It was Mr. Clark’s intent that after his passing the Foundation would operate for a finite number of years. His aim was for the Foundation to maximize the impact of its grant investments by focusing on today’s challenges. That is why their Board of Directors decided in 2016 to spend down the Foundation’s assets within the next decade.

The Foundation’s principal goal is to ensure the nonprofit organizations they support have the leadership, infrastructure and financial strength to grow and support their communities today and in the future.

As part of its DC Initiatives, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation commits to improving maternal and child health and early education in our nation’s capital. The Foundation recognizes that a child’s early years provide a springboard to opportunity and a healthy, thriving future, and will help ensure that DC families have the supports they need in the early years of children’s lives to help pave the way for optimal growth and development. To advance this commitment, the Foundation partnered with leading health care providers to launch the Parent Child Health Initiative (PCHI). PCHI aims to advance the creation of a comprehensive, integrated, culturally responsive, and sustainable system of care for parents and children in the District of Columbia. The DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness is a part of the PCHI.


Contact us to learn more.

Clark Parent & Child Network

DCMBW@CNMC.org
+1 202.476.4649

Maternal Health

An estimated 10 to 15% of mothers in Washington DC experience prenatal and/or postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. These mental health challenges can contribute to disparate health outcomes for mothers and newborns. To address these challenges, the DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness strives to ensure universal maternal mental health screening and interventions are available to all DC families who are identified as at risk.

Early Childhood

Maternal mental health concerns during the prenatal and postpartum period impact the growth and development of infants and young children. Screening and early intervention for infants and young children are core components of the DC Mother-Baby Wellness Initiative's services for DC families.


DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Partnership

 

Children’s National Hospital More about this partner
Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D.
Chief & Director, Developing Brain Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team. More about this partner

Adré J. du Plessis, M.B.Ch.B.
Director, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Nickie Niforatos-Andescavage, M.D.
Attending, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Director, Neonatal Transport. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Lee S. Beers, M.D.
Medical Director, Community Health and Advocacy. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Jessica L. Quistorff, MPH
Program manager, Clinical Research. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Zavi Brees-Saunders, MPH
Director, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

Diedtra Henderson
Manager, Science and Communications. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

Géraldine Pluviose, MBA
Senior Program Manager. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Tininka Rahman, BSN
Director, Clark Parent & Child Network Infant-Toddler Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Kate Cilli, CGC
Genetic counselor, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Meghan Monahan, Esq.
Senior Policy Associate, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

Ellen Bartolini, PSY.D.
Perinatal Psychologist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness.

U'nek Clarke, LICSW
Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

Veturah Thomas
Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

Yensy Cundumi-Zuniga
Perinatal Care Coordintor, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group.

Catherine Lopez, MS
Lead, Clinical Research Program Coordinator. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Jessie Amick
Clinical Research Coordinator, Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

Community of Hope More about this partner
Alsan Bellard Jr., M.D., MBA.
Chief Medical Officer. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Kelly Sweeney McShane
President and CEO. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Adrienne Wise, NCC, LPC
Director, Behavioral Health. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Abayea Pelt
Director, Maternal and Child Health. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Leslie Brettschneider, LICSW
Associate Director of Behavioral Health Integration. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Victoria Roberts
Vice President, Health Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Howard University More about this partner
Guoyang Luo M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Kristin Atkins, M.D., FACOG
DC-wide Community Network for Mother Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

Steven Ralston, M.D.
Professor and Chief of Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Mamatoto Village More about this partner
Aza Nedhari
Executive Director. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

Mary's Center More about this partner
Maria S. Gomez, RN, MPH
President and CEO. DCMBW Leadership. More about this partner

Joan Yengo. Chief Program Officer
Chief Program Officer. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Ariste Sallas-Brookwell, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Manager, Maternal Mental Health Program. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

MedStar More about this partner
Melissa Howard Fries, M.D.
Reproductive geneticist and high-risk obstetrician. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Loral Patchen, Ph.D., CNM
Vice-Chair, Innovation and Community Programs; Clinical Lead, Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

Shy Porter, Ph.D., LMFT
Maternal Mental Health Therapist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Aimee Danielson, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, Women's Mental Health Program. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

Helain Jody Landy, M.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner

Shatiera Amankrah, LICSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Maternal Mental Health Program Coordinator. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Sibley Memorial Hospital More about this partner
Anu Gupta Mullick, MHSA
Executive Director, Regional Clinical Programs. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Alexis White, MSN
Director, Women's and Infants' Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Jennifer Merzius, BSN, RN
DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Kamelia Bayat
Director of Operations, Women's and Infant's Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Martece Yates, BSN, RN
Nurse Navigator, High-Risk Patient Care and Outreach, Women’s and Infant’s Services. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

The George Washington University More about this partner
Nancy D. Gaba M.D., FACOG
Oscar I. and Mildred S. Dodek and Joan B. and Oscar I. Dodek, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee. More about this partner

Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le. Professor
Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Leadership Team, Work Group. More about this partner

Jennifer Keller, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee and Work Group. More about this partner

Kaitlyn (Kaity) Molé, MSN, CNM, PMHNP-BC, SANE-A ,CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Instructor. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Ololade (Lola) Okito, M.D.
Neonatologist. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Work Group. More about this partner

Unity Health Center More about this partner
Siobhan Burke, M.D.
Director, OB/GYN. DC-wide Community Network for Mother-Baby Wellness Steering Committee, Work Group. More about this partner