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For Perinatal, Childbirth, and Pediatric Care Professionals: Mental Health Tools and Resources

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Our evidence-based perinatal mental health tools and resources can help you integrate perinatal mental health care into your everyday practice. The materials on our website are free and able to be shared.

Explore our Resources for Integrating Perinatal Mental Health Care Into Obstetric Practice and our other perinatal mental health resources for perinatal, childbirth, and pediatric care professionals:

Perinatal Mental Health Products, Toolkits and Apps


Lifeline4Moms App
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute – 2017)

Our app assists perinatal care providers in the prevention, identification, and treatment of depression among pregnant and postpartum individuals. It also includes information about how to talk with patients about mental health. Available at the App store and on Google Play.



Lifeline for Moms Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit (full version)

The Lifeline for Moms Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit guides perinatal care providers in the prevention, identification, treatment, and monitoring of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It provides actionable information, algorithms, and clinical pearls to help obstetric clinicians and practices successfully address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The toolkit includes an overview, patient screening tools, provider resources including sections on screening, assessment, treatment initiation, treatment monitoring and follow-up, risk assessment, and assessment and management of bipolar disorder and psychosis. The toolkit also includes resources for patients, including an action plan and self-care plan. Supplemental materials include a summary of perinatal mental health complications.


MCPAP (Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program) for Moms Toolkit - Obstetric Provider

The MCPAP for Moms Toolkit for Obstetric Providers guides Massachusetts perinatal care providers in the prevention, identification, and treatment of perinatal mental health and substance use disorders. It includes algorithms, recommendations, and tools for screening, assessment, and treatment. It also includes a summary of the impact and management of perinatal mental health and substance use disorders.


MCPAP for Moms Toolkit - Pediatric Provider

The MCPAP for Moms Toolkit for Pediatric Providers guides Massachusetts pediatric care providers in how to identify and address perinatal depression. The toolkit includes a depression screening algorithm and assessment tools.

Perinatal Mental Health Tip Sheets and Briefs

COVID-19 Resources

Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women During COVID-19 (Wiegartz, Rosadini, Byatt, Moore Simas, & Mittal – 2020)

Mental Health Care Package for Obstetric Providers During COVID-19 (MCPAP for Moms – 2020)

COVID-19 resources for families

Perinatal Mental Health Patient Handouts

Download and share these perinatal mental health resources with your patients:

Sleep Hygiene: Tips for Pregnant and Postpartum Individuals (2021)

Taking Care of Yourself: Resources for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (2020)

Action Plan for Mood Changes during Pregnancy or After Giving Birth/Self-care plan (2019)

How to Talk to Your Health Care Provider

Antidepressants

Lifeline for Moms Webinars

Our webinars cover a wide variety of topics related to perinatal mental health care—from how we can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within perinatal mental health care to learning evidence-based strategies to prevent, screen for, and treat perinatal mental health and substance use disorders. See our Lifeline for Moms webinars.

Lifeline for Moms Peer-Reviewed Articles

We develop and evaluate perinatal mental health care interventions for perinatal care settings. In partnership with medical, psychiatric, and community-based caregivers, our experts assess the impact of these innovations on individuals, perinatal care professionals, and systems. Read our peer-reviewed articles.