Latinas and Post-Partum Depression
Mothers are central to the Hispanic family. A mother’s health, including her mental health, can affect all aspects of family functioning. Depression after the birth of a child (postpartum) is not uncommon and can be negative for the mother, her child and the entire family. Untreated depression can lead to negative effects for the child such as difficulty forming emotional attachment, difficulty with emotional regulation and in later years, risk of depression, anxiety and difficulty with school. Latinas are at risk for untreated depression during and after pregnancy due to issues of social stigma, language barriers and/or cultural beliefs that may prevent mothers with depression from identifying symptoms or seeking help.
Recognizing that Latino cultural practices and beliefs also provide potential protective factors that support mothers, children and families, Urban Strategies has partnered with the University of Houston’s Center for Latina Maternal & Family Health Research, to sponsor the Culturally Responsive Intervention to Improve Maternal and Child Wellbeing Project. The Project is funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation and is currently working with six community sites to betters understand postpartum depression in Latino communities and to administer the Problem-Solving Tools for Post Partum Depression (PST4PPD) model to support new mothers. The evidence model provides culturally and linguistically appropriate peer based support to mothers.