This site serves to share personal experience in dealing with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as providing research and information related to pregnancy and the postpartum period. PMADs are the most common complication of childbirth and are experienced by 1 of every 8 women who give birth (and by some fathers and adoptive parents, as well).
Expectant mothers should be treated with care and respect and realistic expectations of life after having a new baby should be encouraged in families. Parents should be provided with adequate support from physicians, family, friends and their church or synagogue.
If you or someone you know may have a Postpartum Mood Disorder, please look to the links below for more information. The attached brochure and EPDS (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) list signs and symptoms and can help the person suffering assess the need for professional treatment.
Anyone who is in danger of hurting herself or someone else should immediately contact 911 and a family member, friend, or neighbor. Postpartum Psychosis is a relatively rare but serious disorder that can result in someone who was previously emotionally healthy behaving irrationally and in a harmful manner.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
National Postpartum Depression Hotline:
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
PPD Helpline: (not a 24-hour hotline)
GA Postpartum Support Network Warmline: