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MMHLA Fact Sheet: Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs

November 23, 2020

Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs address a critical public health issue through an innovative, creative, cost-effective approach to address mental health in frontline healthcare settings. Find the fact sheet from the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance here.

Lifeline4Moms White Paper: Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs

November 23, 2020

To address gaps in access to mental health care for perinatal women, Massachusetts created the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms to build the capacity of frontline medical providers to address PMH conditions by providing education, consultation, and resources and referrals. MCPAP for Moms has emerged as a successful and scalable model with … Continued

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Helping your patients access mental health care at UNC

October 1, 2020

Pregnant and postpartum women and their families are experiencing high levels of stress at this time. Learn about NC MATTERS and the SUMMIT Study: two mental health care access programs within the Perinatal Psychiatry department at UNC that support providers and patients via teletherapy, psychiatric assessments, real-time provider consultation, and resource/referral support. Find the video … Continued

Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy may harm childhood development, study finds

September 21, 2020

A mother’s depression and anxiety from conception through the first year of the baby’s life is associated with negative developmental outcomes through adolescence, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. That could affect a lot of women: About 15% to 23% of women worldwide experience anxiety during pregnancy, while 15% deal with anxiety after childbirth. Depression … Continued

Exploring MDRBD Programs: Year 1 Data

September 21, 2020

The Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders (MDRBD) program supports NC MATTERS and programs in six additional states to integrate behavioral health into maternal health care via telehealth. An update on program activities in Year 1, using preliminary data from September 2018 to September 2019, can be found at the link … Continued

The ‘fourth trimester’ and plight of new mothers during a pandemic

May 8, 2020

For decades, the US has prioritized babies’ well-being and treated new mothers’ health as an afterthought. “There is a fourth trimester to pregnancy, and we neglect it at our peril,” natural childbirth activist Sheila Kitzinger warned in a 1975 journal article. “It is a transitional period of approximately three months after birth . . . when many women are … Continued

Psychologists in Integrated Health Care

March 18, 2020

From the American Psychological Association: a video series highlighting how psychologists can work side-by-side with other health professionals to improve patients’ overall well-being.

The Postpartum Care Tips OB/Gyns Wish You Knew

February 11, 2020

Dr. Mary Kimmel is quoted in this Good Housekeeping article about people who give birth can navigate the postpartum recover period. “Give yourself space to feel whatever emotions you have, including grief or sadness. We go into birth with a lot of expectations, including some we don’t even realize we have. Having surgery and recovery … Continued

Perinatal depression affects one in seven women, including me

January 24, 2020

“Less well-known than postpartum depression, perinatal depression caused by hormone and life changes affects many pregnant women. I should know: I’m one of them.” Journalist Yen Duong writes about her experience with perinatal depression and accessing mental health care in North Carolina. She interviews NC MATTERS Program Manger Karen Burns and Medical Director Mary Kimmel … Continued