About MTB

Mother cuddling her baby

Grounded in attachment theory and reflective parenting, Minding the Baby® (MTB) home visiting provides an integrated model of care for first-time young mothers and their families that bridges primary care and mental health approaches to enhancing the mother-infant relationship.

The MTB home visiting team includes a nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical social worker. MTB clinicians receive intensive training in the unique incorporation of the physical and mental health components of the intervention as well as ongoing joint supervision. MTB provides direct clinical service for young families while simultaneously integrating ongoing research.

The intervention begins in the late second or early third trimester of pregnancy and extends through the child’s second year of life. Mothers receive weekly or bi-weekly home visits by a nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical social worker with infant mental health training. Both clinicians maintain close contact with prenatal and pediatric clinicians based in a community health center, for consistency and integration of care for the mother and baby.

MTB began as a collaboration among the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Nursing, Fair Haven Community Health Center, and Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to our Faculty & Staff, the program would not be possible without the contributions of the following people:

  • Jean Adnopoz, PhD
  • Stephanie Bedolla, RN, MSN
  • Heidi Beigel, CNM
  • Lisa Braun, MSN, MBA, JD, PhD
  • Deborah Caselton, MPH, MSN
  • Serena Cherry, MSN, PNP-BC
  • Katrina Clark, MPH
  • Janice Currier Ezepchick, MSW
  • Cheryl de Dios–Kenn, LCSW
  • Bennie Finch, LCSW
  • Sarah Fitzpatrick, LCSW
  • Dana Hoffman, LCSW
  • Betsy Houser, MSW
  • Karen Klein, PNP
  • Suzanne Lagarde, MD
  • Mary Lemley, MSN, PNP
  • Angela Maupin, PhD
  • Thomas McNamee, MD
  • Patricia Miller, Grad Dip Psych
  • Kate Mitcheom, CNM
  • Salma Mody, CNM
  • Monica Ordway, APRN, PhD
  • Rosie Price, BSc, RN, RM
  • Laurel Shader, MD
  • Hannah Stevens, MD
  • Meredith Tuttle, MPH, MSN
  • Jasmine Ueng-McHale, PhD