Are you a health care, mental health or public health professional, child care or social service provider, social worker, doula, or childbirth educator?
Do you work with pregnant or postpartum women, children, and families?
If yes, you have a unique opportunity to support and educate women and families, and reduce the impact of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Did you know…?
- Perinatal mental health disorders – including prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety – are a major public health problem in Oregon.
- One in four Oregon women reports symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy.
- Effective screening and treatment are available, yet at least half of cases are never diagnosed.
- Untreated perinatal depression and anxiety can result in poor birth outcomes; family stress; impaired maternal/infant attachment; long-term health, emotional, and developmental problems in children; and in rare cases suicide and infanticide.
What providers can do:
- Learn about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, their treatment, and their impact on the health of women, children, and families.
- Educate all women and families about perinatal depression and anxiety.
- Provide supportive and non-stigmatizing information and services.
- Find out about perinatal mental health treatment and support services in the community.
- Develop referral partnerships with perinatal mental health specialists and programs.
- Learn to screen, assess and refer for perinatal depression and anxiety.
- Teach the importance of self-care and social support.
- Encourage women and families to reach out for support and treatment.
- Tell women they are not alone, they are not to blame, and that with help they will get better.
How this site can help
Many providers feel that they lack the knowledge, skills, or comfort to identify, assess, refer or support women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Use the links below to learn more and find resources to help you address perinatal mood and anxiety with your patients or clients.