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The M-Power 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-Power 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, and Spanish.

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?


  • Primary issue must be prenatal or post-partum maternal emotional distress

  • Must be pregnant or have a child under 1 year old

  • Must live in Broward County

  • Must have symptoms of maternal depression and/or anxiety


Some examples:

  • 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-Power program?


  • In-Home Counseling

  • In-Home Parenting Classes

  • Referrals

  • Case Management

  • Support Groups

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Funded by The Broward Behavioral Health Coalition

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