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Happy Mothers, Healthy Families 
 
 

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.

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Appointment schedule

What's good for mom, is good for baby

Meet the team

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Appointment schedule

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 Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and has clinical expertise in general pediatrics. Her research interests include postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.

Anita Cohn, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She received her undergraduate education from Webster University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University.

Her clinical areas of expertise include women who are enduring the effects of postpartum depression and individuals, couples and families suffering with the effects of depression, anxiety, trauma(s), grief and loss, as well as transcultural and/or racial adjustment, and those patients affected with post-concussion syndrome from sports or other accidents. Anita has worked at non-profit social service agencies for more than 30 years and has been in private practice for seven. Her training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP, Principal Investigator and 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.

Natalie Lanning, MSW, LCSW, has been practicing social work in healthcare for more than 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2000. She graduated magnum cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2002 with her Master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in medical social work.

Natalie obtained her license to provide counseling services as a licensed clinical social worker in 2012. Natalie has spent a large portion of her career working with new moms, women experiencing postpartum depression, teen pregnancy, families experiencing catastrophic events causing extensive health care needs, children facing developmental delays, community advocacy projects, and families facing healthcare challenges relating to poverty. Natalie has been practicing at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for more than two years.

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 Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and has clinical expertise in general pediatrics. Her research interests include postpartum depression as well as promotion and support for breastfeeding mothers.

Linda Sharpe-Taylor, PhD, is a licensed Psychologist. She received her undergraduate education from Case Western Reserve University and her doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
She has worked with families and individuals from varied educational, social, racial and ethnic backgrounds. She works with women suffering from postpartum depression and also children and teens with a wide range of issues including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s and tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (especially as it relates to sexual trauma). Linda is very experienced in providing evidence-based treatments using Cognitive Behavioral Interventions that include Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Habit Reversal Training.

Contact Us

For more information or if you have questions about the Happy Mothers, Healthy Families project, contact Dr. Matthew Broom at 314-268-4150.

 


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