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One of the most effective ways to mitigate problems due to maternal depression is prevention.

Education sessions about the benefits of healthy pregnancy, best child-rearing practices and positive discipline can help new parents prepare for the challenges of raising children. 

Many types of psychotherapy are available to treat mothers who suffer from maternal depression, however the approaches that benefit children the most focus on building a stronger mother-child bond. These include interventions that improve parenting skills, maternal sensitivity and home visiting by workers and nurses.