Resources for providers to learn more about perinatal mental health needs
MCPAP For Moms
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
MCPAP for Moms is available as a resource to front-line providers serving pregnant and postpartum women. MCPAP for Moms provides real-time, perinatal psychiatric consultation and resource and referral for obstetric, pediatric, primary care and psychiatric providers to effectively prevent, identify, and manage their pregnant and postpartum patients' mental health and substance use concerns.
Providers can call MCPAP for Moms at 855-Mom-MCPAP, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and speak with a Resource and Referral specialist who will work with the provider to determine their needs - i.e., consultation regarding psychiatric care, community resource and referrals, or both.
MCPAP for Moms website has toolkits for providers to assist providers in the prevention, identification and treatment of depression, other mental health and/or substance use concerns in pregnant and postpartum women.
Postpartum Support International
PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line:
Postpartum Support International's (PSI) purpose is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. It's goal is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health.
PSI's website has numerous resources for providers seeking to learn more about perinatal mental health including a perinatal psychiatric consult line, trainings, events, and certification in perinatal mental health. Visit their website to learn more.
PSI's perinatal psychiatric consult line is available for providers who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients. The service is free and available by appointment. To fill out the online form, click here or call at 1-800-944-4773, ext 4.
MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
The Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital provides state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), pregnancy-associated mood disturbance, postpartum psychiatric illness, and peri- and post- menopausal depression. Clinical care is complemented by research in each of these areas ranging from studies of a spectrum of treatments for women who suffer from PMDD, postpartum depression, and depression in menopause to longitudinal observational studies for women who suffer from mood disorders during pregnancy.
The Center has resources available for providers including training materials, assessment tools, links to other helpful websites and organizations. Visit The Center's website to learn more.
National Perinatal Information Center
The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) is dedicated to the improvement of perinatal health through comparative data analysis, program evaluation, health services research and professional continuing education.
NPIC hosts education programs to inform and discuss the interdependency of quality, safety, and patient experience and its collective influence on healthcare systems.
Lifeline 4 Moms
Lifeline4Moms helps organizations and agencies to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain approaches for addressing mental health and substance use disorders. Our team is comprised of academic and clinical experts in perinatal mental health, program development, implementation science, health policy, and research and evaluation. We work with health systems, medical practices, state and federal agencies and other organizations.
Lifeline4Moms provides expert program development and implementation assistance, training and workforce development, consultation, evaluation and opportunities for collaborations with other health care organizations and states working to integrate perinatal mental health efforts in perinatal care. Contact us to learn more.
CDC Hear Her
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is committed to healthy pregnancies and deliveries for every woman. The Hear Her campaign supports CDC’s efforts to prevent pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent warning signs.
As a healthcare provider, you play a critical role in eliminating preventable maternal mortality. One part of the solution is to really hear women’s concerns during and after pregnancy and engage in an open conversation to make sure any issues are adequately addressed.
Listen to pregnant and postpartum women if they experience concerns. Help your patients understand the urgent maternal warning signs and the need to seek medical attention right away. When patients are engaged in their health care, it can lead to improvements in safety and quality. Take steps to make them feel understood and valued during their visit with you.