Minding the Baby® Meets HHS Criteria

Last updated: November 2014

In Brief

Evidence of Model Effectiveness

This model meets the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population, but does not meet the criteria for tribal populations.

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Model Description

Minding the Baby® is designed for first-time young parents living in low-income settings. The model aims to bridge primary care and infant mental health services by pairing a nurse with a mental health professional to conduct home visits. The home visitors meet with families separately on an alternating schedule, beginning in the second or early third trimester of pregnancy until the child’s second birthday. Visits occur weekly until the child’s first birthday, and then transition to every other week. The home visitors also work closely with the mothers’ prenatal and pediatric clinicians, who may be based in a partnering community health center. The model aims to promote secure attachment; parental reflection (in which parents reflect on their children’s thoughts and feelings and their own development as a parent); and physical and mental health in babies, mothers, and their families. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and Review
Number of studies
Eligible for review
4
Rated high
0
Rated moderate
2
Rated low
0
Additional source1
2

For more information, please see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.

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Summary of Findings

Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.

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Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study?
Yes
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in at least two outcome domains within one sample OR the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
Yes
Favorable impacts on full sample?
Yes
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1
Yes
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1
Yes

Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.

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