Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Community Health

Mothers and Babies Program

Postpartum depression is a significant health concern affecting low-income women more often than women who are financially secure. It is consistently associated with negative maternal and child health outcomes, including: poor mother-child interaction, young child behavioral and learning difficulties, and less compliance with preventive healthcare.

Home visiting (HV) programs serve over 500,000 pregnant women and new mothers across the United States, with this number continuing to grow due to an influx of HV funding from the Affordable Care Act. The Center for Community Health’s Mothers and Babies Program seeks to address and improve outcomes related to postpartum depression in low-income and underserved communities by leveraging HV programs.

Originally developed by Ricardo Muñoz and colleagues, the Mothers and Babies Course (MB Course) is an intervention program that promotes healthy mood management and maternal self-efficacy by teaching participants how to effectively respond to stress in their lives through increasing the frequency of thoughts and behaviors that lead to positive mood states. Based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and psychoeducation the Mothers and Babies Course is designed to be delivered by professionals or paraprofessionals, and can be delivered as a group intervention or as a one-on-one intervention.

Over the last five years, Darius Tandon, PhD, has worked with HV programs to integrate the Mothers and Babies Course as a strategy to prevent the onset and worsening of depressive symptoms among women at-risk for developing major depression. Dr. Tandon has also worked with Women, Infant, & Children (WIC) programs, community health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, and pediatric primary care practices to implement Mothers and Babies. 

All intervention manuals are free and available on this website.  Programs that are interested in using Mothers and Babies can contact Dr. Tandon or the MB Program Coordinator for information about training and supervision prior to implementation.

Learn more about Mothers and Babies by visiting their website.

Darius Tandon, PhD

Darius Tandon, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences
Associate Director, Center for Community Health

Contact Us

To connect with our team, please contact Erin Ward via the information below.

Erin Ward, MA, LMSW
Project Coordinator
312-503-3389

Collaborative Research

Learn more about the work done by our collaborators at the Mothers and Babies Mood and Health Research Program research and development partners at George Washington University.