MedEdPPD.org 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 accessedHERE.
Screening tools including the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale.
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.
Spectrum Women’s Health Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
The Spectrum Health 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.