DC Mother-Baby Wellness program

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DC Mother-Baby Wellness Program

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Supporting moms and their children

We focus on helping Washington, D.C.’s expectant and new mothers with mental health concerns and a need for other resources during pregnancy and postpartum, through no-cost screenings, education, therapy, treatment and connection to others goring through similar experiences.

Your healthcare provider or a friend or family member may have told you about the services offered by our DC Mother-Baby Wellness Program. We work with pregnant and postpartum women who receive their medical care in Washington, D.C.

Did you know that across Washington, D.C., healthcare providers are seeing more than 15,000 mothers during pregnancy each year and caring for them during more than 12,000 deliveries across the city? We know that care for these mothers is inconsistent, and women in the District often face barriers to obtaining care.

Concerns including stress, depression, anxiety and mood swings are common during pregnancy but often go undetected and undertreated. The DC Mother-Baby Wellness Program offers problem-focused interventions to address these and other concerns during pregnancy and postpartum.

Since our program began in 2021, we have received over 1,500 referrals to coordinate care for mothers and their infants at more than 9,800 visits with our team of prenatal and postpartum specialists. Thanks to a generous investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, all services are offered at no cost to participants at this time.

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Who are our community partners?

Meet the DC Mother-Baby Wellness team

Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., Director & Chief, Developing Brain Institute

Katherine L. Wisner, M.S., M.D., Associate Chief for Perinatal Mental Health

Tracy Vozar, Ph.D., IMH-E (IV-R), PMH-C,

Clark Parent & Child Network Prenatal-Neonatal Pillar Program Director

Ellen Bartolini, Psy.D., PMH-C,

 Clinical Psychologist

VETURAH DOWNER, LICSW, LCSW-C,

PMH-C,

Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist

Hannah Dugoni, Psy.D., PMH-C,

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Cynthia Graham, BA,

Perinatal Care Coordinator

Tennille T. Harris, LPC, LCPC,

Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist

Brittni King, MPH, CHES,

Program Coordinator

Brieanne “Brie” Kohrt, Ph.D.,

clinical psychologist

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Gemyta Robinson, BA, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C,

Perinatal Behavioral Health Specialist