Mothers Overcoming Maternal Stress (M.O.M.S.)
The Mothers Overcoming Maternal Stress (M.O.M.S.) program is a voluntary home visiting program for women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of one living in Broward County. The M.O.M.S. program provides counseling, parenting education, case management services, and support groups to women who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and difficulty bonding with the baby during pregnancy and postpartum. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and Creole.
What is Maternal Depression?
Maternal depression can happen to any woman. 10% to 20% of new mothers experience depression within a year after childbirth. Many others start experiencing it during their pregnancy. Some women refuse to tell anyone about their symptoms because they feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilt about feeling depressed when they are “supposed to be happy.” They fear that admitting their problem would be viewed as being an unfit parent.
Do I have the “baby blues” or real depression?
The blues that accompany the hormonal ups and downs of childbirth dissipate within a few weeks after giving birth. Maternal depression, on the other hand, will not go away easily. It many manifest itself up to one year after your baby is born.
Maternal depression affects a woman’s health and can keep her from functioning well. Sadness, lack of energy, anxiety, hopelessness, and excessive concern about the baby’s well-being are among the possible indicators of this condition.
How do I qualify for the program?
Feeling restless or irritable
Feeling sad, hopeless & overwhelmed
Crying a lot
No energy or motivation
Eating too little or too much
Sleeping too little or too much
Trouble focusing, remembering or making decisions
Feeling worthless or guilty
Withdrawal from friends & family
Headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations or hyperventilation
Fear of hurting oneself or your baby
Lack of interest or trouble bonding with your baby
What services are offered for mothers in the M.O.M.S. program?
In-Home Parenting Classes
Funded by The Children's Services Council of Broward County