women are affected by mental health disorders during or after pregnancy
of depressed women go undiagnosed. Half of diagnosed women go untreated
Black women suffer from maternal psychological distress
Fortunately, Mommy&Me has the tools to effectively find and treat these women; intervening early can help D.C. babies enjoy the strongest start at life.
Our overall goal at Mommy&Me is to partner with former patients, moms with experience giving birth in D.C. and other members of low-income Black communities to develop and test different approaches to overcome obstacles and achieve health equity by providing effective mental health screening and care. Our patient partners spoke loudly and clearly: It’s too difficult to get mental health care in D.C., and it ends too quickly. So, participants will remain in the study up to 12 months after delivery. And our Mommy&Me study also will include women who do not yet meet criteria for being diagnosed with major depression or anxiety.
Mommy&Me strives to find and effectively treat low-income Black women receiving prenatal care at our three recruiting sites and intervening early to help D.C. babies enjoy the strongest start at life.
Hermela is excited to bring her talents to the Mommy&Me project to improve birthing experiences and maternal mental health outcomes in Washington, D.C.Full bio
Morgan is excited to join the DBI team and to continue working to support mothers and families through the Mommy&Me studyFull bio
Rosa is passionate about maternal mental health and is excited to support perinatal participants through her role on the Mommy&Me teamFull bio
Cole’s previous experiences working with patients as well as within research settings developed his passion for improving healthcare equity while spurring a deep appreciation for the intersection of medicine and the environmentFull bio
Naimah is honored to continue empowering, educating and supporting the perinatal population in her role on the Mommy&Me team.Full bio
Nandi is happy the Mommy&Me study has go-to people to help moms cope with challenges that come their wayFull bio
Gigi is passionate about motherhood and wants other women to receive the best care possible during pregnancy, birth and delivery, and the postpartum periodFull Bio
Mercedes created Virtual Mommy Meet-ups to enable mothers who experienced postpartum depression to talk with other women who feel and felt the same wayFull Bio
Each project Stephanie has worked on has continuously motivated her to make a positive impact on the lives of young people and others in her community.Full Bio