Project Lead(s): Liza Robee Ong
Postpartum depression occurs in approximately 10 to 18 percent of women following birth, and is a critical risk to new mothers and their babies. Research has shown that support programs are effective in assisting women to manage and overcome their postpartum depression.
ParentUp is a mobile phone service which aims to provide informational and emotional support from pregnancy until a child’s early years, and can also be used by new dads. Via text messages, new parents who opt in will receive information and mothers will answer screening questions to identify those at risk for postpartum depression. The service will also connect the mothers to appropriate caregivers via community health centers. Parents can also talk one-on-one with nurses, other health professionals, and volunteer parents, using a support phone hotline.
The proof-of-concept project will recruit pregnant women and/or new parents from 3 low-income communities in Caloocan City in the Philippines.
The project aims to generate data on postpartum depression in the Philippines, help underscore the importance of support to address the problem in a disadvantaged, high-risk population, and examine the impact of support mechanisms on the mental health of these women and their children.