Parent mental health has tremendous impact on child development.
Emotionally healthy parents are more likely to promote a nurturing and safe environment for their infant. In turn, emotional problems can contribute to a less functional environment around an infant. You can reduce the stigma by discussing the prevalence of mental health issues and remind parents of the importance of staying healthy for the child. Although a birth of a baby should be considered a wonderful experience, it is important not to overlook the stress that often follows parenting a newborn, and the life changes that come with this responsibility. This stress can take a toll on any parents' mental health and their interactions with the child. Depression, in particular, is relatively common in the postpartum period. Around 10% of all new mothers' experience at least various degree of postpartum depression. It is important to screen for this and to help parents maintain as healthy an emotional state as possible. Remember that the father's mental health deserves attention too. At each visit, the assessment should be (briefly) updated.
Materials for this module as noted in the practice guide are listed below. Some are available for free download, some need to be printed, and others by purchase through the websites and/or organizations indicated. Some of the Practicing Safety materials were created by the Practicing Safety Team and are no longer available; we have noted if that's the case.
UNLESS INDICATED, THE PRACTICING SAFETY MATERIALS HAVE NOT BEEN ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AND THOSE DEVELOPED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE PRACTICING SAFETY PROJECT DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT POLICY OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS.
"Bonding with Your Child" Booklet
"Parenting Your Infant" Brochure
Parenting Your Infant (HealthyChildren.org)
Office Marketing Tools
"Hug. Hold. Comfort. Cuddle" poster
English | Spanish
Physicians Guide on Parents Childhood
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
English | Spanish
Practicing Safety Stress Ball
*No longer available but a suggestion could be made for parents to purchase one.
0-3 Books/Reading List