This knowledge path presents
resources about the prevalence and incidence of perinatal depression; identification and treatment; impact on the health
and well-being of new mothers and their infants; and implications for service delivery.
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See Depression Among Women of Reproductive Age (2013) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information about depression symptoms, treatments, and a checklist to help women speak with their health professionals about their experiences.
Resources for Professionals
1. Websites: resources from 5 key websites.▼ Show
- KEY RESOURCE Postpartum Support International (PSI). Education and training opportunities for health professionals about perinatal mental health and the assessment, care, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Includes patient-education materials, contact information for state and local support groups, phone forums facilitated by health professionals, and a help line.
- Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Five Action Steps to Address Maternal Depression in Head Start Programs. Strategies and resources for Head Start and other early childhood programs to reduce the impact of depression in the families they serve. Includes validated screening tools, staff training modules and materials, and resources about reflective supervision for staff.
- Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health: Reproductive Psychiatry Resource and Information Center. Research and program information, bibliographies, and a blog about the evaluation and treatment of perinatal psychiatric disorders, including depression. Topics include medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Includes information about the National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics, a repository of information about the safety of atypical antipsychotic medications that may be taken by women during pregnancy to treat a wide range of mood, anxiety, or psychiatric disorders.
- MedEd PPD Postpartum Depression. Information and tools for primary care health professionals to use in screening, diagnosing, and treating women with perinatal mood disorders. Includes learning modules; case studies; a collection of slides from educational presentations; bibliographies of classic papers, screening guidelines, journal articles, and books; an identification and treatment algorithm; screening tools; and patient-education materials in English and Spanish.
- Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care for Postpartum Depression (STEP-PPD). Online learning module for primary care health professionals to improve understanding, assessment, and treatment of postpartum depression. Includes screening tools, assessment and treatment algorithms, case studies, and video clips.
2. Reports, Briefs, Webinars, and Other Electronic Resources: from the MCH Library's catalog.▼ Show
- Automated search of the MCH Library's online catalog MCHLine®. Find publications, tools, and other electronic resources about depression during and after pregnancy.
3. Data and Statistics. ▼ Show
4. Journal Articles and Other Literature and Research.▼ Show
5. Programs.▼ Show
- 2020 Mom Project. Recommendations for system changes among hospitals and health insurers to educate families; reduce triggers; and screen, diagnose, and treat women suffering from maternal mental health disorders, including perinatal depression.
- Healthy Start. A program to address factors contributing to infant mortality, low birthweight, and other adverse perinatal outcomes in high-risk populations. Services include screening for maternal depression and treatment referral for positively screened women. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)).
- Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. A federal, state, and community collaboration to improve maternal, infant, and early childhood health and development for families who are at risk through evidence-based home-visiting programs. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)).
- Mothers and Babies: Mood and Health Research Program. Interventions aimed at preventing the onset of perinatal depression and improving the mental health of families, with a focus on underserved populations. Presents bibliographies and manuals in English and Spanish for instructors and participants in the cognitive-behavioral intervention, The Mothers and Babies Course.
- See the MCH Library resource brief, Maternal and Child Health Programs Databases, and, in particular, the Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS) and the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj).
6. News and Commentary: blogs. ▼ Show
7. MCH Library Guides on Related Topics: community services, home visiting, maternal distress in the perinatal period and child outcomes, medications, and preconception and pregnancy.▼ Show
Resources for Women and Families
See the MCH Library family resource brief Depression During and After Pregnancy.
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Depression During and After Pregnancy: Knowledge Path, 4th ed. (July 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Contributors: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., MCH Library; Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Michelle LaRue, M.D., National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Anna Rough Grignon, M.A., M.E.S., CityMatCH.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.