Maternal Mental Health NOW takes a systems-change approach to improving the system of perinatal mental health care experienced by Los Angeles’ new and growing families. Our model includes three inter-related parts:
TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE – We provide customized training to any person that interacts with an expectant or new family, from a children’s librarian who hosts a weekly story time to an OBGYN. Trainings address how to begin a conversation about perinatal depression and anxiety, how to screen and how to treat. Trainings and consultations are available in person and online.
STIGMA REDUCTION – Our posters, brochures, online patient engagement tool, storytelling workshop and public awareness events are designed to encourage all new parents who are suffering from depression or anxiety that it is okay to reach out for help.
ACCESS TO CARE – We advocate for policies and practices at the city, county, state and national level that ensures that all families have access to timely, informed and culturally appropriate perinatal mental health care.