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Maternal Behavioral  Program

"Caminando Juntos- Walking Together."

CHWCMR is unveiling an exciting perinatal mental health program started in 2021

Perinatal Depression (PD) and a lack of support are a serious challenge among our agricultural workers, immigrants, undocumented and refugees' populations. Associated factors to PD include traumatic experience during previous pregnancy, limited knowledge about local and social health-services, normalization of PD by medical team, limited services of  mental healthcare, cultural and language barriers among others. Therefore, we developed a curriculum "Walking together" to advocate for early detection of perinatal depression and to assist our participants to get the resources that they need to overcome these barriers.

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Walking together or  "Caminando Juntos" is a Community Health Worker-led, train-the-trainer program that will aid 120 families over 3 years. It will bring socio-emotional support, knowledge about maternal mental health, dissolution of mental stigma, and connection to resources. Parents deserve mental health support during a major life event such as giving birth. Caring for a newborn is difficult unto itself - postpartum depression adds levels of difficulty no one should face alone. Studies show the connections between parental mental health, parent-child bonding, and health outcomes for children. We should walk this journey together.