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Impact of Maternal Depression on Attachment and Child Development: A Los Angeles County Perspective and Recommendations

A woman’s mental health can have negative consequences on a child as early as pregnancy. Exposure to depression and anxiety during pregnancy may result in infants that are more irritable and less able to respond to stress.

by Christina Nigrelli, Senior Director of Programs, ZERO TO THREE Western Office and Jenifer Chacon, Senior Writer/Training Specialist, ZERO TO THREE Western Office
With special thanks to Cindy Oser, Director, I-ECHMH Strategy, ZERO TO THREE

Science has shown that babies’ brains form more than one million neural connections each secondi. Those connections and positive relationships lay the foundation for future healthy development.

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