|Source||Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (2014)|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Ward-Zimmerman, B., and J. Vendetti|
|Selection||Grey literature; Healthcare disparities; Medical home|
Ten to twenty percent of the nearly four million women giving birth each year in the United States experience mental health challenges that affect their ability to nurture their children. Health providers, who have frequent contact with pregnant women and mothers of infants, often do not recognize that these women are suffering, compromising both maternal and child health, parent-infant attachment and children’s developmental outcomes. Pediatric primary care, where infants receive services frequently in the first year of life, is an especially opportune site to identify mothers who are experiencing mental health challenges and connect them to services. This IMPACT reviews the most common types of maternal mental health disorders, how they affect child health and development, available treatments and the role of child health providers in early detection and linkage to services. The report concludes with recommendations for practice as well as policy and health care system reforms that can maximize the contribution of the pediatric medical home in promoting optimal health and development of children whose mothers show signs of depression or other mental health difficulties.
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