5 Tips to Treating Women with
Approximately 1 in 7 women experience perinatal depression, a depressive episode that occurs during pregnancy or within the first year after delivery or adoption. These
5 tips for health care providers
come directly from women who have experienced their own perinatal depression:
1. Let women know that perinatal depression is
common and that the best thing they can do for
themselves and their baby is to get the treatment they need and deserve.
2. Provide new moms with information about perinatal depression and discuss the symptoms.
3. Be knowledgeable about treatment options, including medication and non-medication treatments like
therapy. Continue existing medication regimens as necessary.
4. Provide opportunities for mothers to process the birth experience; encourage them to discuss their
experiences with you.
5. Ask mothers specific questions to learn about their mental health, such as:
- How are you sleeping?
- How are you eating?
- Are you crying during the day? If yes, how often?
- How are you coping with pregnancy and having a new baby?
These tips are based on research done by iSPARC researchers, including national perinatal mental health expert
For more resources and toolkits, please visit the MCPAP for Moms