Dr. Jennifer Johnson

In a recent article in the New York Times, Jennifer Johnson, C.S. Mott Foundation endowed professor, talks about lowering the risk of postpartum depression and the ROSE Sustainment study. 

February 12, 2019

Postpartum depression is a serious condition that affects about 1 in 7 mothers and about 1 in 3 low-income mothers. Reach Out, stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns (ROSE) gives pregnant women the skills and information that they need to lower their risk of postpartum depression. ROSE has been found to reduce risk of postpartum depression by half. 

ROSE is typically delivered in four sessions during pregnancy and one postpartum, can be administered in groups or one-on-one by nurses, midwives or anyone trained to follow the manual, said Dr. Johnson.

As part of previous efforts, clinics in Rhode Island, Mississippi and Japan have been trained in ROSE, said ROSE’s creator, Caron Zlotnick, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.  Now she and Dr. Johnson are partnering with 90 clinics around the country that provide prenatal services to low-income women. The ROSE Sustainment (ROSES) Study will help determine what outside supports are needed to help prenatal clinics implement and sustain ROSE, reducing negative consequences for mother and child.


Read the New York Times article.

Learn more about the ROSE Sustainment study.