This CCFW collaborative paper reports the effects of low income and ACEs on new mothers. It also highlights the protective effects of mindfulness. NEW Parents Connect is a mindfulness-based program being evaluated at CCFW to support the well-being of new parents.
This CCFW multidisciplinary collaboration demonstrated the effectiveness of perinatal mindfulness and parenting programs in supporting maternal and infant mental health. We are grateful for the participation of the new mothers who contributed to this project. Lengua, L.J., Thompson, S.F., Calhoun, R. et al. Preliminary Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Perinatal Mindfulness-Based Well-Being and Parenting Programs for Low-Income
This Psychology Today article written by CCFW Director, Dr. Liliana Lengua, discusses her research examining the effects of stress and adversity on children and families and why structural and systemic changes are critical.