The impact of mental health on family planning (FP) is a complex issue that affects various aspects of reproductive health and family dynamics. Women with mental illness are particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy, mental health relapse during childbearing, and psychological and economic burdens associated with unplanned pregnancies.

Breakthrough ACTION tested the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address symptoms of anxiety and depression and associated barriers to FP among postpartum mothers in Ethiopia by developing a tool called Mothers Time, which can be used by community health workers.

Project Brief

The project brief provides an overview, including promising evidence from a randomized control trial on the use of the Mothers Time tool to improve postpartum mental health and support women in low-resource settings to realize their reproductive health intentions.

Mothers Time Tool

The Mothers Time tool is available in English and Amharic and includes the facilitation guide, accompanying visual aids, and homework for participants for each of the four sessions.