Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Project

En Espanol: Mamás y Bebés: El Estado de Animo y la Salud

Risk for major depression appears to be transmitted across generations. Pregnancy and the postpartum period are key periods to study because maternal emotion regulation deficits may affect both maternal and child outcomes. Children of parents with emotion regulation problems are at higher risk for developing similar problems over time.

The Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Project was launched in 1998 by the Latino Mental Health Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. Its aims are: (1) to identify pregnant women at imminent risk for major depressive episodes, and (2) to test whether a cognitive-behavioral intervention reduces risk for maternal depression and improves maternal and child functioning in high risk low-income pregnant English and Spanish-speaking women