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Maternal and Child Health: Maternal Depression Resources

We utilize a lot of different data points in our work, but here are two that we commonly use when talking about the youngest children.

  • One in nine poor infants lives with a mother suffering from severe depression; more than half live with a mother experiencing some level of depressive symptoms.
  • Infants who live in poverty with severely depressed mothers were more likely to have white mothers (44 percent) than Black mothers (30 percent) and Hispanic mothers (21 percent). 

Infants of Depressed Mothers Living in Poverty: Opportunities to Identify and Serve (The Urban Institute). This brief offers a first-time national look at the characteristics, access to services, and parenting approaches for infants living in poverty whose mothers are depressed. Results reveal that eleven percent of infants living in poverty have a mother suffering from severe depression. At the same time, many of these families are connected to services, such as WIC, health care services, food stamps, and TANF, presenting opportunities for policymakers and service providers to help these families. 

Moving on Maternal Depression (MOMD) Project Overview (CLASP). This is an overview of the Moving on Maternal Depression (MOMD) initiative. Through MOMD, CLASP is collaborating with states to advance policies that improve maternal depression prevention, screening, and treatment among mothers with young children.