A clinical research program evaluating treatments for moms with postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a major medical problem and, too often, mothers and families do not have the resources or ability to receive appropriate treatment. Depression can have significant and troubling effects on a family's life and day-to-day functioning, and may even lead to suicide. Between 10-20% of new mothers who bring their children to the Danis Pediatric Center for medical care may suffer from postpartum depression.
Our practice is becoming a leader in helping new mothers through exploring the use of cellphone apps, particularly text messaging, as a means to better communicate, educate and partner with patients in improving their medical and mental health care.
The Happy Mothers, Healthy Families program is located within Danis Pediatrics. This program provides comprehensive maternal and family counseling services, with specific attention to women with postpartum depression and significant trauma, and utilizes text messaging as a tool to improve our ability to provide support and assurance for those families who are part of our Pediatric Medical Home.
For those mothers who choose to receive support through the Happy Mothers, Healthy Families program, a typical schedule would include weekly contact in the first month, then one or two times a month for five more months. At these visits, mothers will receive assistance with connecting to community services, receive personalized counseling services, and learn to use tools to better assist them with overcoming the stress and stigma of depression.
Visits will be with members of our counseling team at Danis Pediatrics or by phone. Phone visits may take about 30 minutes and visits in person may take about one hour. We will try to make these visits around the time of your child’s recommended well check-ups.
We also offer optional, HIPAA-compliant, motivational text messaging direct to a mother's cellular phone.
What's good for mom, is good for baby
Some possible benefits for moms are:
- Improvement in depression
- Improved mood
- Improved self-worth or value
- Improved problem solving ability, which can help one deal with the daily stressors in life
Children respond directly to their parents’ moods and attitudes, so treatment for postpartum depression may also positively benefit the future behavior and development of children of affected mothers.
Another goal of the Happy Mothers, Healthy Families program is to increase awareness of depression in the community, thus helping more women receive the help they need and battle the stigma associated with receiving treatment
Meet the Team
Ashley Borawski, RN, CPNP, has been a member of the Department of Pediatrics in the physician practice of Saint Louis University since September 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Saint Louis University School of Nursing and her Masters of Science in nursing from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Mrs. Borawski has been a PNP since 2011, and a pediatric nurse since 2007.
Mrs. Borawski is affiliated with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and has clinical expertise in general pediatrics. Her research interests include postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.
Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP, Director of Happy Mothers, Healthy Families Program.
Gene LaBarge, MD,FAAP
Amy Ladley, PhD (Louisiana State University) is a research coordinator for the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Saint Louis University where she coordinates research projects on maternal depression and adolescent obesity. With a background in Mass Communication and Public Affairs, Amy’s research interests focus on using communication technologies, social media, and mobile applications to facilitate patient care, improve patient education, treatment, and engagement.
Elizabeth Rhyne, RN, CPNP, joined the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Pediatrics in May 2012. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner since 2006, and a pediatric nurse since 2000. Ms. Rhyne earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Saint Louis University School of Nursing and her Masters of Science in nursing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She will pursue her Ph.D. in Public Health Studies at Saint Louis University starting in the fall of 2014.
Ms. Rhyne is affiliated with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and has clinical expertise in general pediatrics. Her research interests include postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.
For more information or if you have questions about the Happy Mothers, Healthy Families project, contact Dr. Matthew Broom at 314-268-4150.