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Maternal Mental Health Resources

Welcome!

If you’re looking for help and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. While I’m not a medical professional and cannot diagnose or treat, I have worked in the mental health advocacy space for many years and have a number of resources and recommendations to share.

If you feel you need immediate direction or help, you can call the Postpartum Support International Helpline at 1.800.944.4773. If you feel you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else please go to the nearest Emergency Room, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or call 911. If you are currently seeing a doctor, your provider can call either of the following numbers below to get accurate information and guidance about safe medications that can be taken while pregnant or breastfeeding: Postpartum Support International at 1.800.944.4773 x4 and Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms at 855.666.6272.

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Where should you go to get help when you’re struggling with your mental health in the perinatal period?⁣ Here’s some places to start & an explanation of roles. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1.Perinatal / Reproductive psychiatrists: Medical doctors (MD’s) with residency training in Psychiatry. They have expertise in prescribing psychiatric medications like antidepressants during pregnancy & postpartum. May provide talk therapy, known as psychotherapy. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 2. Obstetrician/Gynecologists + Nurse Midwives: OBGYNs are medical doctors specializing in medical care to pregnant & postpartum women. Nurse Midwives deliver babies. Many OBs & midwives are knowledgeable about PMADS & prescribe antidepressant medication. Your midwife or OBGYN may start your treatment, & refer you to a perinatal psychiatrist or a perinatal psychologist/psychotherapist. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 3. Pediatricians: medical doctors who take care of children. May offer screening at well-child visits & can provide referrals to maternal mental health specialists. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 3. Perinatal psychologist: Psychologists (PhD’s or PsyD’s) who have specialized clinical training in perinatal mental health. They provide various types of individual or group psychotherapy as treatment and do not prescribe medications. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 4.Perinatal psychotherapists (social workers or counselors): These mental health providers also provide psychotherapy. Unlike psychologists, they don’t have a doctorate, but many have years of experience working with moms. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 5. Primary care doctors or Nurse Practitioners: similar to OBs and Pediatricians, they can do screenings and start medications. They will refer you to a specialized mental health professional. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Postpartum Support International @postpartumsupportinternational HelpLine: 1-800-944-4773, is also very helpful for finding referrals or resources. www.postpartum.net also has a location specific directory.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Follow @womensmentalhealthdoc for more pregnancy related mental health info!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ All info here is for education only and is not medical advice.

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