Press & Publications

HCMC Mother-Baby Program Opens

The Department of Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of the HCMC Mother-Baby Program. The HCMC Mother-Baby Program is the 1st of its kind in Minnesota and the 4th in the country, and will offer a range of mental health services to support women and families.

Access the following news and video links to learn more about the opening of the Mother-Baby Program:

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota Issues Report on Maternal Depression and Its Effect on Children

The Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota released a report on maternal depression in Minnesota, the impact of maternal depression on children's development, and an outline of policy recommendations. Please click on the link below for more information about this important report for women and families.

Children's Defense Fund: Maternal Depression Press Release

Universal Depression and Anxiety Screening of Pregnant and Postpartum Women at HCMC

In December 2010, the Hennepin Women’s Mental Health Program was awarded a grant by the Powell Center for Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota to standardize mental health screening for women during their prenatal and postpartum visits. The HCMC Maternal and Family Mental Health Task Force was created under the direction of Dr. Helen Kim. Members of the Task Force included managers, support staff, and providers across Obstetrics, Midwifery, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

Pregnant women and new mothers receiving obstetric and postpartum care at HCMC will now be routinely screened for depression and anxiety during their pregnancy and in the first year after childbirth. This initiative makes HCMC one of few hospital-systems to offer universal and systematic maternal depression screening.

Mothers Act Signed into Law

The MOTHERS Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The law is designed to expand research, education, and services related to postpartum mood disorders. To learn more, please visit


Maternal Depression: Helping Mothers, Helping Babies

Follow these links for articles about a patient seen in the Hennepin Women’s Program, and information about the state of maternal mental health and infant health in Minnesota.

Documentaries and Broadcasts

Depression: Out of the Shadows - This is a story about a patient seen in the Hennepin Women's Mental Health clinic. Dr. Helen Kim and her patient are interviewed.

Suffering for Two: The Bind of Maternal Depression by Minnesota Public Radio - Minnesota Public Radio's American Radio Works interviews Dr. Helen Kim about postpartum depression.