Maternal Wellbeing Innovation Lab - Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Maternal Wellbeing Innovation Project

The Maternal Wellbeing Innovation Project used a group problem-solving process (The Social Innovation Lab) to identify new solutions for supporting moms during and after pregnancy, funded by a community innovation grant from the Bush Foundation. The group looked at the services and supports that were currently offered, thought about what they had seen or would like to see, and also considered what would work well within their specific cultural communities. The Lab determined key elements of programs women would want, to support their perinatal mental health, and used that information to write the Maternal Wellbeing Program Launch Grant Application.

The Maternal Wellbeing Program Launch Request for Proposals was announced July 15, 2015 and the grantees were selected in August 2015. With additional financial support from the City of Minneapolis Public Health Department, three organizations were awarded funds to pilot Maternal Wellbeing Programs. The three Maternal Wellbeing Programs launched Fall 2015 and will complete their pilot projects in 2017. The pilot projects are being run by:

  • Ahavah BirthWorks, in cooperation with the Cultural Wellness Center, working with African-American moms, based in north Minneapolis
  • Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming, working with Native American Indian mothers, based in Bemidji
  • Neighborhood House, working with Karen moms, based in St. Paul
  • What is a social innovation lab?

    A social innovation lab is a facilitated process to engage a diverse group of stakeholders to create, test, and link solutions for social challenges. In the past two years, the Minnesota Social Innovation Lab has engaged more than 1,500 people in labs to address a wide range of social and environmental challenges. Long-term labs have addressed building sustainable local food systems in North Minneapolis and building an integrated continuum of community responses to trauma. The Minnesota labs are a part of a growing, global field of labs for social impact, which bring collaborative, experimental, and systemic solutions to social challenges.

    The facilitation group that led the Maternal Wellbeing Innovation Lab was Clarity Facilitation.