Chronic stress experienced during pregnancy can lead to significant long-term health problems for mothers and their infants. The SMART Moms (Stress Management And Relaxation Training for Moms) Program is a prenatal stress management program designed to regulate the stress hormone cortisol among low-income women and their infants.
This program is a collaboration between PRO-Health and local prenatal clinics in Long Beach, as well as faculty at UCLA and UCI, and was funded by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (PI: Urizar; SC2 HD068878).
Scheyer, K., & Urizar, G. (2016). Altered stress patterns and increased risk for postpartum depression among low-income pregnant women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19, 317-328. (link)