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MCH Library Resource Guides about Stress During and After Pregnancy

The Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Maternal Distress in the Perinatal Period and Child Outcomes. The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that describe some sources of stress that pregnant women and new mothers experience and the impact of maternal distress on the developing fetus and young child. The knowledge path, which was developed with support from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, points to policies, programs, and practices that enhance a woman’s ability to cope with stress, provide social and emotional support for pregnant women and new mothers, and build protective factors in new families. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about maternal distress and child outcomes, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

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A separate brief lists resources for families is available

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