The mission of the UCLA Family Development Program is to enhance the ability of family members to support each other and to recognize and meet the needs of their infant.
The UCLA Family Development Project comprehensive approach includes:
- Pre- and postnatal health care
- Weekly home visits for the first year and then every other week for the second year
- Developmental assessment at the one-year point
- Mental health services where needed
Research participants are recruited in the third trimester from the Olive View-UCLA Ob/Gyn Clinic. A mental health provider begins regular visits to the mother's home, and through a growing positive relationship, addresses issues that are of concern to the mother. The provider’s support services range from simply listening to the mother’s concerns, to offering direct help in responding to her infant. At about two months, the mothers are encouraged to join a mother-infant group where they can meet and interact with other mothers, who may share similar questions and concerns.
Since mental health difficulties, such as post-partum depression, are common after the birth of a baby, a psychiatrist who can help diagnose and treat such difficulties is also available.
All of these services are provided in both English and Spanish.
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