Solutions for Healthcare Providers
Physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, nurses, and medical assistants are in ideal positions to detect, assess, and begin treatment for maternal mental health disorders.
As a healthcare provider, you play a pivotal role when you meet with a perinatal patient experiencing challenges during her transition into motherhood. Although your appointment time is limited with her, there are quick and easy steps that you can take to ensure that her mental health needs are addressed.
Administer the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale at least once during pregnancy and again postpartum.
Inform perinatal women about the prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), which include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and psychosis.
Follow-up a positive screen with an assessment of her current stressors, frequency of symptoms, history of depression/anxiety, etc.