Professional Tools

Below you will find links to resources and tools useful to healthcare providers in the support and treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients and their families.

Postpartum Support International Certificate of Completion
PSI Professional Training Program
: Professional Certificate of Course Completion in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care 

Perinatal Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools (Med Ed PPD is currently offline, check back later...) provides reliable, evidenced-based tools for professionals as well as for families. Here are some of the provider tools available on their website.

A Care Pathways algorithm
designed for medical professionals evaluating postpartum women to help determine if their patient has reached a positive or negative outcome since giving birth. The outcome will indicate if the patient should be referred for additional mental health services or put on an antidepressant regimen and monitored. This free tool can be accessed HERE.

Screening tools including the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale. 

Expert CE/CME presentations and case studies.

Provider FAQs.  

International Marcé Society Position Statement on Screening 2013
“Psychosocial Assessment and Depression Screening in Perinatal Women.”

The case for undertaking universal psychosocial assessment (including depression screening) of women during the ‘perinatal period’ has attracted much interest, and vigorous debate. The Marcé Society position statement aims to articulate the arguments contributing to the debate and thus provide guidance to assist decision-making by clinicians, policy makers and health services.  Read the whole position statement here. 


Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care for Postpartum Depression (STEP-PPD) provides information and resources to help providers better understand the symptoms of PPD. Its goal is to provide education, resources, and support to primary care providers for improved management of PPD in primary care settings.

University of Washington “Keys to Postpartum Depression”
Stepping Up

Created by nurse scientists at the University of Washington and members of the Washington State First Steps Team, “Keys to Postpartum Depression” offers three multi-media training modules on Understanding and Treating Women with Perinatal Depression & Mood Disorders, Relationship Focused Practice, and Screening for Perinatal Depression.

Spectrum Women’s Health Toolkit for Healthcare Providers

This toolkit was created to help prepare healthcare staff, garner financial and resource support and design your own postpartum depression program. The step-by-step approach helps you create an advisory team, train staff, begin screening, establish follow-up protocols, develop a referral team, implement groups and services, launch a telephone support and information line, and create a program evaluation process. One kit costs $450.

Perinatal Depression Information Network

The Perinatal Depression Information Network (PDIN) collects and organizes information on perinatal depression across the United States. The PDIN creates a forum to bring together maternal, child, and mental health providers, leaders, and families to address perinatal depression and its significant threat to the well-being of mothers and their families. The PDIN lists specific contacts and other key information for each resource in the network. Online information ranges from provider toolkits and training modules to research, policy, funding and legislative initiatives. Special features include a forum to pose questions and discuss issues, and a section on materials for women and families.


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