Resources for Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period


Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International or PSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate the ignorance related to pregnancy related mood disorders and to advocate, educate, and provide support for maternal mental health in every community, worldwide.

The PSI Warmline at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) is a toll-free telephone number anyone can call to get basic information, support, and resources.

PSI maintains listings of local resources in the United States and in Other Countries.

Phone: 1-800-944-4773(4PPD)

PSI of Massachusetts

PSI of Massachusetts staffs a warmline where callers can receive confidential information, support and listings of local resources. Women and families can leave a message and a trained volunteer, often a professional and/or someone with lived experience, will return the call within 24 hours.

Contact: 866-472-1897 or

Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) for Moms

MCPAP for Moms provides real-time, perinatal psychiatric consultation and care coordination for obstetric, pediatric, primary care and psychiatric providers to effectively prevent, identify, and manage depression and other mental health concerns in pregnant and postpartum women.

The MCPAP for Moms Toolkit for providers includes information on screening for and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. For more information, visit their resources page. or call (855)-Mom-MCPAP (855-666-6272).

Intensive Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment

Other Online Resources:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOG provides a FAQs sheet on perinatal depression and offers a list of resources for patients and clinicals.

DART- Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database
DART provides more than 400,000 journal references covering teratology and other aspects of developmental and reproductive toxicology.

LactMed – Drugs and Lactation Database
The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.

Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health
A website for providers and professionals serving young children and families dedicated to promoting healthy social and emotional development in the earliest stages and relationships of life.

The Motherisk Program at The Hospital for Sick Children is a teratogen information service providing up-to-date information about the risk and safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Research and education in the program is also an important ongoing activity.

MotherToBaby is the public information service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), a professional scientific organization composed of experts engaged in assessing and evaluating risks to pregnancy and breastfeeding outcomes from medications and other exposures. This site is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to parents, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology(NASPOG)
The aim of the Society is to foster scholarly scientific and clinical study of the biopsychosocial aspects of obstetric and gynecologic medicine. The aim is broadly defined to include the psychological, psychophysiological, public health, socio-cultural, ethical and other aspects of such functioning and behavior.

Treating for Two

Treating for Two is a program launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Treating for Two aims to improve the health of women and babies by working to identify the safest treatment options for the management of common conditions before and during pregnancy.

Women and Mental Health

This site is an information resource from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

The principal aim of the Society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science through to health services research. The Marcé Society strives to build an international perinatal mental health community across disciplines, languages, and economic backgrounds.

Training Materials and Assessment Tools

American Academy of Family Physicians

The Postpartum Depression Toolkit includes educational slides that explain screening and follow-up of postpartum depression; tools for screening, diagnosis, and selecting therapy; tools to facilitate nurse follow-up calls and patient self-care; and recommendations for monitoring the progression of depressive symptoms.

Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care: Maternal Mental Health Safety Bundle
The National Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care created the Maternal Mental Health Safety Bundle found here and a list of resources for patients and providers.

Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse

Through this site maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, one can order patient education brochures on topics related to health during pregnancy and parenting issues.

MCPAP for Moms Toolkit

The MCPAP for Moms toolkit was created to assist front-line perinatal care providers in the prevention, identification and treatment of depression and other mental health concerns in pregnant and postpartum women. There is also a toolkit specifically for pediatric providers.

Royal College of General Practioners

The Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit provides a set of relevant tools to assist members of the primary care team to deliver the highest quality care to women with mental health problems in the perinatal period. As well as offering a diverse collection of resources, the Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit gives details of additional learning for individual practitioners as well as resources specifically aimed at women and their families. (Many of these resources are specific to the United Kingdom.)

Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care (STEP)-PPD
STEP-PPD provides web-based education to give primary care providers up-to-date information on evidence-based approaches for assessing and treating PPD. The website includes case studies, interactive video clips, didactic information and links to additional resources.

Resources for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Gia Allemand Foundation

The Gia Allemand Foundation is a nonprofit organization advocating for the prevention, treatment, and research of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and premenstrual exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME). This site offers information on PMDD and clinical tools for assessing PMDD.

Women’s has produced a Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet


Resources for Menopausal Symptoms

The North American Menopause Society
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.

Their website offers informational videos and maintains listings of local providers.

(440) 442-7550 Email:

Woman’s Health Network

Hallmark Health’s Women’s Health Network provides uninsured or underinsured women, 40 to 64 years of age, free screening and health care services, including mammograms, clinical breast exams, physical exams, pap tests, blood pressure and sugar levels, total and HDL cholesterol levels, and height, weight and body mass index.

For further information regarding the Women’s Health Network and its programs, call (781) 388-4018 or Fax: 397-6032. The Women’s Health Network is co-sponsored by the Malden Junior Aid Association and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

(781) 388-4018