Opening ‘so many doors for families’: COVID-19 underscores importance of wraparound care for new moms and children

For once, being a biracial, low income, Medicaid patient didn’t work against Selina Martinez.

In 2015, two weeks after giving birth at a Manhattan hospital, Martinez arrived at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx where she was diagnosed with salmonella. During a monthlong stay, hospital staff members learned times were tough for the new mom. She’d been getting psychiatric care since the stillbirth of her last child, her husband was recovering at home from pancreatic cancer treatment and a neighbor was caring for…

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