Maternal Mental Health Month

Preventing Perinatal Mood Disorder

Perinatal Mood Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, are the Most Common Complication of Pregnancy

About 21%, or one in five, birthing persons in California suffers from perinatal depression during pregnancy or up to 12 months postpartum with rates among Black and Latinx persons up to 25%, and up to 50% of persons living in poverty. Add anxiety or other mood disorders and PMAD (perinatal mood and anxiety disorder) is the most common medical complication of pregnancy and postpartum, affecting 1 in 3.


Factors Known to Increase the Risk of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:

  •   Personal or family history of depression
  •   History of physical or sexual abuse, intimate partner violence
  •   Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
  •   Stressful life events
  •   Pre-gestational or gestational diabetes
  •   Complications during pregnancy (preterm delivery, pregnancy loss)
  •    Low socioeconomic status
  •    Lack of social or financial support
  •    Adolescent parenthood
  •    A history of Adverse Childhood Experiences
MIHA Maternal Mental Health Data Brief

Programs that help to prevent perinatal mood disorder:

4th Trimester Project

Empowering, expert-written, resources and information for the entire family.

Child Parent Institute Mothers and Babies Program

The Mothers and Babies Program is designed to support a client through the issues that arise during and after pregnancy, as well as the early years of a child's life. Services are provided by mental health therapists and parent educators in both English and Spanish.

The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)

Services include education, assessments and referrals in the areas of nutrition, psychosocial, and health education. Services are free and take place in the Medical provider’s office and virtually.

Instructions Not Included

Home based father friendly education on child development and parenting challenges.

Moms Growing Together (Partnership Health Plan)

For at risk persons pregnant or parenting a child under 2.

Clients receive a regular check-in call from a Healthy Living Coach, and are referred for additional services as needed.

Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visiting

First time low income (Medi-Cal or WIC eligible) pregnant persons receive the support of a nurse from pregnancy through the child’s second year.

ROSE (Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns)

An evidence-based program teaching skills and providing information and resources to lower the risk of postpartum depression.

Teen Parent Connection Home Visiting

A trauma-informed home visiting program for any pregnant or parenting teen ager 19 years or younger.

Nurse Family Partnership:

Did you know that every person pregnant with their first child who is low-income is eligible for a Nurse-Partner?

Did you know every low-income pregnant person is at higher risk (up to 50%) for perinatal mood disorder?

We would like to make sure every eligible pregnant person is referred to Nurse-Family Partnership.

New clients must be 28 weeks or earlier in their pregnancy, a first-time parent, and Medi-Cal or WIC eligible.

Click here- or on the image- to find out about the Nurse-Family Partnership Referral Contest.

Click below to learn more about the Nurse-Family Partnership Program:

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Free PMAD training May 19, 10-12

CPI is presenting a training focusing on practical skills to support pregnant persons experiencing perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Participants will also learn ways to support marginalized and minority communities, while increasing cultural competence. Cultural considerations and strength-based interventions will be highlighted.

Presenter Dr. Sayida Peprah is a licensed clinical psychologist and a birth doula, specializing in maternal mental health.

CEU's are offered.

Click Here to Register or learn more about this training

1 in 3 pregnant people experience clinically significant anxiety or depression symptoms during or after pregnancy. Check out the MCAH fact sheet and stress relief coloring book for this #MaternalMentalHealth month! #MentalHealthMatters #maternalmentalhealthCA

Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Website

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