Telehealth Group Intervention for Perinatal Depression
“Telehealth Group Intervention for Perinatal Depressive Symptoms”
The goal of the project is to evaluate for the first time, the effectiveness of using a telehealth approach to reducing perinatal depressive symptoms in diverse groups of childbearing women; urban and rural-dwelling, and from Hispanic and predominantly North European Descent populations. Pregnant women connect for one hour weekly, for 8 weeks, using their own electronic device, from whatever location they choose (e.g. home), to attend videoconference groups facilitated by a mental health professional. The approach is cost effective and reduces barriers to access to mental health services, particularly for women living in rural, low-resource, and minority communities, and those without adequate transportation, financial resources, childcare, or work release time.
Behavioral - UPLIFT Program
UPLIFT is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based practices. Participants meet by videoconference using any electronic device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) from their own home.
Behavioral - Attention Control Group
Program is based on standard prenatal, childbirth, infant feeding, and parenting education curriculum. Participants meet by videoconference using any electronic device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) from their own home.
Randomized Trial of Telehealth Group Intervention to Reduce Perinatal Depressive Symptoms in Diverse Populations