Healthy Moms: Improving the Quality of Life for Baltimore City Mothers

Baltimore mothers with symptoms of depression or poor health have children at increased risk for developmental problems, poor health, and hospitalizations. Baltimore mothers who experience economic stressors are more likely to have symptoms of depression and poor health. Baltimore mothers with a high school education or more, or who are employed, are less likely to have symptoms of depression and poor health.

Assistance programs (e.g.,TANF,SNAP,WIC) to alleviate financial stressors may reduce economic pressure, but do not address mental and physical health needs for mothers. Multiple services are needed for low‐income mothers with young children to work toward optimal health and mental health for mothers.