The largest gift in the healthcare network's ten-year history will be used to expand mental wellness services offered through the Hennepin Healthcare's Mother-Baby Program and will also create the Redleaf Center for Family Healing. Slated to open in 2020, the center will offer a holistic, comprehensive, integrative treatment approach to mothers, fathers, and families coping with depression and anxiety. The gift was made in part out of gratitude for the care Lynne Redleaf received at Hennepin following the complicated deliveries of both of her children. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in seven mothers experiences depression and anxiety during or after pregnancy.
"The perinatal period is a time of rapid brain development for babies," said Helen Kim, psychiatrist, co-founder and medical director of the Redleaf Center. "And when mothers and fathers are struggling to cope, they can be less engaged and attuned to their infants, just when babies need them most — emotionally, physically, and for cognitive development. At the same time, the birth of a baby is an incredibly hopeful time. By supporting parents during pregnancy and in the early years of their children's lives, we are making a long-term investment in children and family well-being."