Perinatal Mental Health Support Resources
See free Suicide Prevention training (through March 2022) for Washington State providers.
Perinatal Support Washington
A great place to start for a wealth of information and resources. The first weeks and months of being a new parent can be overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone. Call, text, or email Perinatal Support Washington. They offer help navigating the complicated mental health system, provide information and referrals to local providers, and can complete a postpartum wellness plan. Some key direct links provided below:
Provider directory: Find therapists, doulas, support groups, medication providers, and more in your community.
Client referrals: Find programs providers can refer to
Training and tools: Provider trainings and events hosted by Perinatal Support Washington
Warm line: Offers parent, peer and profession support.
Postpartum Support International
Dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and distress.
UW Partnership Access Line for Moms (PAL for Moms)
A free telephone consultation service for health care providers caring for patients with mental health problems who are pregnant, postpartum, or planning pregnancy. Any health care provider in Washington State can call.
In this month's PAL for Moms monthly newsletter Good to Know section, Amritha Bhat, MD, focuses on suicide in the perinatal, and especially postpartum periods, and provides practical recommendations.
Run The Numbers -- Reimbursement Potential for Screening
Washington State Perinatal Collaborative, WSPC, is a volunteer group of public and private organizations, agencies and individuals committed to improving care and outcomes for the state’s pregnant mothers, newborns, and infants.
Indispensable decision support resource for women's health care providers—reliable and relevant, grounded in scientific evidence, and developed through a rigorous and inclusive process.
Links to crisis lines and mental health and substance use resources for parents and providers
Opioid Use in Pregnancy Resources
Individuals who are pregnant, covered through Washington Apple Health, and have a substance use history may be eligible to receive CUP Women services provided by a CUP Women provider.
The CUP Women Program is an inpatient, up to 26-day, hospital-based program for adult or adolescent individuals.
MCPAP for Moms promotes maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage mental health and substance use concerns.
Patients enrolled in Apple Health qualify to get treatment for a substance use disorder. Priority for treatment goes to pregnant and postpartum individuals.
PCAP is an award winning, evidence‐informed home visitation case‐management model for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. PCAP goals are to help mothers build healthy families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs.
Overdose education, learn about naloxone, get help for opioid use disorder, resources for professionals
Quality Improvement Resources
Institute for Healthcare Improvement, IHI, is a great resource for quality improvement and PDSA information.
Validated Screening Resources
American Psychological Association
- Patient Health Questionnaire Screeners (in 30 languages)
- PHQ-9 and PHQ-2
- GAD-7 (brief anxiety screener)
Trainings for Perinatal Providers
Interactive, online suicide prevention training made by and for medical professionals. It offers an engaging and informative option for providers to become better skilled at suicide prevention. Perspectives of real patients coupled with practical skills help medical providers transfer what they learn to their practice and community.
Perinatal Psychiatry Case Conference Series is a 10-session CME-accredited program providers in Washington State who want to care for their perinatal patient's substance use and mental health.
Parenting Support Resources
PEPS offers weekly parent-child support groups throughout King and Snohomish Counties to parents of children under age three. Sessions are facilitated by both volunteers and professionals. Open enrollment. Some partial and full income-based scholarships are available.
Connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Their programs include parent groups, community resources and events, and racial equity consulting. They specialize in community dialogues, workshops, and consulting on race, family engagement, and anti-bias education.
Help Me Grow WA is a free service that connects parents and caregivers to resources in their community. Help Me Grow Washington is powered by a resource grid of more than 6,000 programs and services across the state such as early childhood development screening, application assistance for health insurance, or help finding a food bank, parenting class or low-cost medical clinic.
Register and join Help Me Grow webinars:
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Also provides online resources for parents.
Obstetrical Care Outcome Assessment Program (OBCOAP): OB COAP is a collaborative quality improvement program helping obstetrical care providers deliver optimum care to the childbearing people and the babies they take care of. The goal of OB COAP is to facilitate the cycle of utilizing data to inform knowledge to generate practice change. To enable this process, OB COAP members have access to a host of both standardized and customizable real-time reporting tools at the patient, provider, provider-group, hospital, system and program aggregate level.
The state Maternal Mortality Review Panel was established to review maternal deaths within the state and produce a biennial report to the state Legislature with findings and recommendations to prevent future maternal deaths. Findings from the WA 2014-2016 Maternal Mortality Review Panel identified:
- 100 pregnancy-associated deaths in 2014-2016
- Behavioral health conditions, including suicide and overdose (30 percent) to be the leading underlying cause of death among pregnancy-related deaths (N=30)
- Factors that contributed to these rates: access to health care services, gaps in continuity of care (especially postpartum), gaps in clinical skill and quality of care, and lack of care coordination at the provider, facility, and systems levels
RESEARCH PAPER in "BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth"
Engagement in perinatal depression
treatment: a qualitative study of barriers across and within racial/ethnic groups
Researchers examined care engagement factors across and within race/ethnicity to better understand previously observed racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal depression treatment. PDF