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As a PREGNANT or POSTPARTUM woman, are you feeling depressed and/or anxious?  Maternal Depression and Anxiety can be experienced during pregnancy and or after delivery of baby (for up to one year) and affects 1 in 5 women. There are potential effects to the whole family, as 10% of partners experience depression and anxiety, more if the mother is depressed. Parental mental health issues can affect child health and development. Treating anxiety may help to prevent depression. Both are TREATABLE and not your fault!!

Signs of anxiety and depression include: Irritability or anger, Excessive worry and guilt, Inability to relax, Hypervigilence, Sleep problems, Sadness, Panic attacks, Repetitive thoughts, Lack of bonding with baby, Crying, Fearfulness, Obsessive intrusive thoughts, Indecisiveness, Thoughts of harm to self or others.

To learn if you may be experiencing depression and or anxiety, do the following for yourself:

1) Answer the 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen (EPDS) attached below, to learn if you are depressed and or anxious.

2) Share your score and the Care Guide with your healthcare provider so, together, you may work toward yours and your child's mental health and happiness.

3) Continue to:
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Ask for and accept help with baby and housework
  • Keep active - go for a walk
  • Get enough sleep - at least 6 hours in 24 hours
  • Eat healthy and eat regularly
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Try yoga or other activities to help you relax
  • Look for a support group or other supports in your community
  • Talk to a health care provider
  • Deep Belly Breathing guide - attached, below
Refer to the "RESOURCES" page for more guidance and support regarding your Anxiety, Worry, Depression, OCD tendencies, etc. 

Click here to access our Maternal Mental Health Toolkit!

Here's are a couple excellent sites that may further alleviate the anxiety and stress:
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As a HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, do you deal with with PREGNANT and/or POSTPARTUM women?

If so, please use the below attached screen to screen EACH and EVERY pregnant and postpartum woman for their emotional and mental well-being and then refer to the Care Guide to learn what to do next

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A link to the EPDS in several languages.

John Cox’s book, "Perinatal Mental Health" also has numerous translated
versions and guidelines for use.


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The benefits of UNIVERSAL SCREENING?

--   A quick and easy way to determine women at risk.
--   Helps to reduce stigma of mental health problems.
--   The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) can be done in-person or over the phone.
--   The EPDS can also be used with partners.

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To learn more on "how to" screen, click here for a DVD created with Dr. Angela Bowen!



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