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  • 1 in 5 women will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in pregnancy or postpartum.
    Despite routine contact with medical providers, most pregnant and postpartum women with depression go unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated.
    Lack of treatment can lead to devastating effects on women, infants, and families.
    Care providers are challenged by multi-level barriers to providing needed mental health care for these women.
    Addressing these barriers requires a practical and sustainable platform that builds the capacity of clinicians to address depression and other mental health concerns in the perinatal period.
    To meet the needs of women, providers, and the broader health care community, UMass Chan Medical School has created Lifeline for Moms, a consultation service that works collaboratively to develop programming capacity and meet the needs of women, providers, and the broader health care community.

Helping Communities Optimize Perinatal Mental Health

Lack of treatment can lead to devastating effects on perinatal individuals, infants, and families. Regrettably, multi-level barriers continue to make it difficult for policymakers, advocates, and caregiving professionals to develop and implement systematic approaches that improve perinatal mental health care access and quality. At Lifeline for Moms, we’ve developed multi-level evidence-based interventions including the population-level, sustainable Perinatal Psychiatry Access Program model to improve perinatal mental health care around the world.


Meeting these challenges requires building the capacity of professionals serving pregnant and postpartum individuals to address perinatal mental health and substance use disorders. Our consultation services work collaboratively with emerging and existing perinatal mental health programs to help them meet the needs of patients, caregivers, and the broader health care community.

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Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments, most maternal mental health and substance use disorders are unrecognized and untreated.

Lifeline for Moms can help through:


Building Capacity to Address Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

To secure buy-in from stakeholders, identify critical resources, and lay the groundwork to address perinatal mental health and substance use disorders.

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Support primary care and specialty providers to implement evidence-based standards of clinical care to enhance maternal mental health during the perinatal period. Focus on helping providers integrate mental health care into their everyday practice.

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Research and Evaluation

To develop maternal mental health interventions and programs, and to assess their impact on individuals, providers, and systems.

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Our Team

Our team works with diverse stakeholders to transform women’s health care by integrating mental health and substance use disorder recognition and management into standard care.

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Why Choose Us?

Our team developed the Massachusetts Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms. MCPAP for Moms has shifted paradigms on how to address depression in obstetric settings, impacted state and national policies regarding perinatal mental health, and increased access to perinatal mental health care for thousands of women. We are leading the nation in developing similar scalable programs and establishing best practices for integrating maternal mental health care into settings that have not traditionally addressed mental health. We are well-suited to help others do the same.

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