HANDS is a voluntary home visitation program for moms, dads and families. HANDS answers questions and provides parents with support in developing a parent-child relationship, at no cost to the family.
Who Can Participate?
Any parent (mom/dad) expecting a new baby. Families must be enrolled prenatally or before a child is 90 days old.
What Can Parents Expect?
All families will receive information and learn about community resources for parents. Some families will receive further support through home visitation. These families will engage in fun activities, right in their home, to learn more about:
HAVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
HOW TO BOND WITH THEIR CHILD
CREATING A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOME
DEALING WITH STRESS
CARING FOR THEIR BABY
HOW TO PROVIDE THEIR CHILD WITH ENRICHING LEARNING EXPERIENCES
WHY PARTICIPATE IN HANDS
HOW HAS HANDS HELPED OTHERS
Pregnancy & Postpartum
Postpartum Support International
Local postpartum coordinators, Specialized Coordinators, Online support Groups
Promotes awareness, education and support for perinatal and anxiety mood disorders.
Help dads and families through the experience of PPD.
Downloadable information sheets about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Medications, Partner Information, Educational Video Library
Mother to Baby
Evidence-based resource about the impact of medications taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health- Reproductive Psychiatry Resource & Information Center
Breast feeding and psychiatric medicines MGH Postpartum Psychosis Project
Maternal Mental Health Now
Screening tools, My care App
Mom & Mind Podcast
Resource by psychologist, Dr. Kat Kaeni, who covers diverse topics related to maternal mental health. Podcasts are free
Postpartum Support International Warmline
Accessible by phone or text
Day time hours Monday through Friday
English and Spanish Volunteers
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
Accessible by phone or text 24/7 365 days a year
English and Spanish
Trained health professionals
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call or text 988