NICHQ Webinar

Maternal Depression: Everyone Can Play a Role to Help Families Thrive

A call to drive change at the community, state and federal level.

Decades of science and research are telling us that we must focus on children’s early years as these experiences impact their long-term overall health. We also know that during these formative years, a child’s health is inextricably linked to health of his or her mother.  

Maternal depression affects thousands of families in the United States every year. When a mother is depressed, her overall health and well-being suffer, and she may struggle to provide the emotional support and resources her child needs to grow and thrive. Treatment is available, and resources exist. But too many mothers are never screened, never referred to treatment, and never directed to resources that can help their family achieve optimal health.

Mothers and babies don’t need to keep suffering the consequences of maternal depression. Physicians, public health providers, policy makers, families, and community advocates can take action and drive change to improve children’s health

You'll learn about:

  • The prevalence of maternal depression, and its effect on early childhood outcomes and health disparities
  • The latest recommendations for maternal depression screening from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Strategies for improving access to screenings and interventions
  • Actions you can take at the community, state, and federal level to help more mothers and families get the support they deserve


To encourage collective action across the health system, this webinar will provide insights from four unique perspectives, all at the forefront of this work.

  • Brookings Institution: Richard V. Reeves, PhD. Director of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Karina W. Davidson, PhD, MASc
  • The Medical University of South Carolina: Constance Guille, MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program
  • Parent advocate: Elaine DeaKyne, Executive Director of Postpartum Support Charleston

This webinar has past. View the recording and slides here