The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) launched the Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders (MDRBD) program to promote behavioral health integration in maternal health care by supporting the development and improvement of existing mental health care telehealth access programs. As part of the HRSA … Read more
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We’re excited to share our first impact report, where you’ll see program activities, milestones, and feedback from providers who have used our services. NC MATTERS is responding to the needs of perinatal patients and their healthcare providers around North Carolina through our psychiatry access program. View the impact report here.
Medical Director Mary Kimmel speaks with 97.9 The Hill about the stress that new and expectant mothers can face, and how that can impact symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kimmel said it can be very difficult to recognize or admit feelings of depression or anxiety at a time when moms are supposed to be happy. … Read more
To address gaps in access to mental health care for perinatal women, Massachusetts created the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms to build the capacity of frontline medical providers to address PMH conditions by providing education, consultation, and resources and referrals. MCPAP for Moms has emerged as a successful and scalable model with … Read more
The Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders (MDRBD) program supports NC MATTERS and programs in six additional states to integrate behavioral health into maternal health care via telehealth. An update on program activities in Year 1, using preliminary data from September 2018 to September 2019, can be found at the link … Read more
Dr. Mary Kimmel is quoted in this Good Housekeeping article about people who give birth can navigate the postpartum recover period. “Give yourself space to feel whatever emotions you have, including grief or sadness. We go into birth with a lot of expectations, including some we don’t even realize we have. Having surgery and recovery … Read more
“Less well-known than postpartum depression, perinatal depression caused by hormone and life changes affects many pregnant women. I should know: I’m one of them.” Journalist Yen Duong writes about her experience with perinatal depression and accessing mental health care in North Carolina. She interviews NC MATTERS Program Manger Karen Burns and Medical Director Mary Kimmel … Read more