Lynn Community Health Center is excited to announce a new opportunity that will help our community address perinatal emotional complications, including perinatal depression and anxiety.
MotherWoman, an organization that works to create safety nets for new mothers at risk for perinatal depression and anxiety, will work with the Health Center, in collaboration with Children’s Friend and Family Services, Cerebral Palsy of Eastern MA, Family and Children’s Services, and South Bay Mental Health to implement its Community-based Perinatal Support Model© (CPSM) in Lynn. Funding for this project is made available through the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP). The project will be implemented in two stages.
Stage one will be a free training entitled “Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health, The Community Based Perinatal Suport Model for Mothers” for local clinicians and service providers. The goal of this training is to help these professionals better identify women who are at risk for or are experiencing perinatal depression, and to learn what local resources are available. This training will take place on Tuesday, June 24th at 12:30 at Children’s Friend and Family Services in Lynn. Any service provider in our community is eligible to attend. See sidebar for details.
Stage two involves an in-depth training for four local clinicians from who will then be certified to run support groups for women experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety at their organizations. These organizations/individuals will be identified by the collaborating organizations.
“Addressing Perinatal Depression is an important health issue that often goes untreated and undiagnosed,” said Leanne McDermott, RN, OB/GYN Nurse Manager at Lynn Community Health Center. “Research shows that 10%-20% of mothers experience postpartum depression. Undiagnosed and untreated, this can have severe negative effects on mother and the child, including infant low birth weight, and social, emotional and cognitive developmental challenges.”
“This is a great opportunity that will allow the health center to better serve women in our community who face barriers to care that include poverty, lack of transportation, isolation, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and language barriers,” said Dr. Alexy Kochowiec, OB/GYN Team Leader at the health center. “These challenges put our patients at a significantly higher risk for perinatal depression. We look forward to working with our community partners to implement a program that provides support, opportunity and empowers mothers in the community.”
MotherWoman has already demonstrated the impact the CPSM can make through their work in Franklin County. Within 18 months of implementing the CPSM, Franklin County saw significant change in coalition development, public education, professional training, community resources/support groups, screening, and referral/triage protocol, all aimed to improve maternal mental health.
“MotherWoman is thrilled to bring the CPSM to Lynn. We have seen that communities that implement the CPSM are able to identify the needs of women with perinatal emotional complications. MotherWoman is committed to providing mothers and families with the care and treatment necessary for recovery in communities across the Commonwealth” said Shannon Koehn, Executive Director of MotherWoman.
For more information, or to register for the training please log onto tiny.cc/CPSMLynn or contact Leanne McDermott, RN, at 781-715-6238