Connecting new mothers in New Haven

New mothers may feel socially isolated after giving birth, thereby making it more difficult to form a healthy mother-infant bond with their baby. MoMba™ is a social media application that connects new mothers locally to promote healthy mother-infant interaction, social connectedness, and community engagement. "Momba Moms" who utilize this application will build sustainable support systems as well as be exposed to the wealth of local resources by simply interacting with the MoMba™ application.


There are five main features of the MoMba™ application that can be accessed by clicking on various icons . . .

SOCIAL: MoMba™ moms can chat and view the profiles of other mom’s using the app!
INFO: MoMba™ posts what other moms have been up to, future events, and interesting facts about motherhood.
CHALLENGES: MoMba™ moms complete challenges that are related to pregnancy, motherhood, or local resources to increase social interactions and collect tokens!
BANK: MoMba™ allows you to collect tokens from completing various challenges that then can be redeemed for Walmart gift cards, donated to another MoMba mom, or gifted to the National Diaper Bank Network.
ME: MoMba™ allows you to create a personal profile!

Team Members

Megan V. Smith, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and in the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Smith has over twelve years of experience working on community-based interventions to increase social capital, social networks, and health among families.

Linda Mayes, is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Mayes is an expert with over 30 years of experience working on maternal-infant health.

Frederick Shic, is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. He received his doctorate in Computer Science from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from the California Institute of Technology.

Ruth Arnold, is the current project manager of Momba and has been conducting research in New Haven for the past 10 years. She is a sociologist, having completed degrees at the University of Connecticut and Millsaps College.

Kimberly Streater, is a Community Mental Health Ambassador with the MOMS Partnership. She is an active mom who is very involved with her community. Kim considers herself a helper of many causes advocates for other’s voices to be heard on issues that impact her neighbors and their community.

Cerella Craig, is a Community Mental Health Ambassador with the MOMS Partnership and a graduate from the University of Connecticut. Cerella holds a BS in Health and Social Inequalities, sparking her continued interest in the topic of health disparities.

Michael Perlmutter, is a technical assistant at the Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL) and Yale Early Social Cognition Lab (YESCog). His expertise has been instrumental in developing the Momba application.

Laura Callinan, is a statistician in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She received her Master of Public Health from Emory University and an undergraduate degree in math from Elon University.

Emily Samuel, is a postgraduate research associate. Emily has a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from IATE in London and has been practicing clinically for the past 2 and a half years. She is particularly interested in the impact of maternal mental health on infant development.

Partners and Funding

MoMba™ was made possible by the support and invested involvement shown by multiple organizations and individuals. We greatly appreciate your contributions toward furthering social networking and maternal mental health. Due to this support, we are able to promote our efforts by creating mom-to-mom connections to build sustainable support systems and provide access to local resources.

Nathan C. Thorne (Yale '76) and Margaret Yates Thorne (Yale '77)
Child Health and Development Institute
National Diaper Bank Network
Yale-New Haven Hospital
National Institutes of Health

More Information

Interested in becoming a Momba™ Mom? We are looking for pregnant moms in New Haven to join MoMba™. Please contact us today!

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Video: MoMba™ Demonstration

Video: MoMba™ Demonstration

Watch a short video highlighting the central features of MoMba™. Video and audio credit: Michael Perlmutter


The MoMba social media "app" suggests age-appropriate challenges for play and connecting with other mothers.