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Nurturing Good Beginnings: Evaluating and Assessing the YWCA’s community care program for new mothers/birthing parents

Good Beginnings is a support program for mothers and birthing parents who are vulnerable, precarious and at risk of postpartum depression. Since 2014, they have provided support to over 500 individuals and their babies.

Led by Dr. Tina Moffat and graduate student Isabel Dewey, the YWCA and McMaster will examine six years of entrance, mid and exit data from program participants. The data will be analyzed to determine the strengths of the program. Additionally, the team will create frameworks for ongoing evaluation and best practices to maximize the ability of Good Beginnings to meet community needs.