Perinatal mental health support
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.
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.
Links to crisis lines and mental health and substance use resources for parents and providers
Trainings for perinatal providers
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.
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.
The 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 WA 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