The Sweet Pea: Postpartum Parenthood Program is a postpartum depression and anxiety intervention to provide support for mothers and their supportive partners for 16- weeks of therapy. Through group, individual, and couples therapy, parents can discuss their symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety in three different settings. The parents will have the support from their Postpartum Care Team (PCT) which includes: their Case Manager and Clinical Therapist. Parents will also receive health care and social services provided through PCT to ensure the proper support through their postpartum parenting journey. The Sweet Pea Program is based on the concepts of the feminist theory by being aware of and identifying traditional and societal gender roles within parenthood, messages about parenting, then replacing them with functional truths and beliefs, with a focus on behaviors that are freely chosen, to become empowered parents. In the postpartum stage, The Sweet Pea program will use Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) helping parents through grief, interpersonal role disputes and deficits, and role transition, and interpersonal deficits.

LLU Discipline

Marital and Family Therapy


Counseling and Family Sciences


School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Nichola Seaton Ribadu

Second Advisor

Lena Lopez-Bradley

Third Advisor

Jacqueline Williams-Reade

Degree Name

Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Year Degree Awarded


Date (Title Page)




Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Depression, Postpartum; Parenting; Anxiety; Psychotherapy


Doctoral Project

Page Count

xiv, 354 p.

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

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