Prenatal or Postpartum Depression or Anxiety

Postpartum Depression is a commonly used term to refer to a mental health disorder experienced after having a new baby. Research shows that attention should be paid to the entire perinatal period — pregnancy through the 12 months after the baby arrives — and that mental health complications, in addition to depression, may include anxiety, obsessive-compulsiveness, and in extreme and rare cases, psychosis.

In response to growing awareness of these common complications of pregnancy and birth, the Minnesota Department of Health provides these resources and links to help mothers, families, friends, and health professionals better understand, support, and treat prenatal or postpartum mental health disorders.

  • Basic Facts about Perinatal Mood Disorders
    These brief information sheets can be used to help understand anxiety and depression after pregnancy, and help prepare women and families with tools to promote mental wellbeing.

  • For Health Professionals
    Resources for pediatricians, family practice physicians, and OB/GYN, information about screening, resources for moms and families, and further training in postpartum/prenatal depression or anxiety.

  • For Family Home Visiting
    Family home visiting programs exist across the state of Minnesota. Local public health nurses in this context screen and support moms for postpartum depression. Find more information here about how and when to screen moms, and what to do with positive screens for postpartum depression (PPD).

  • Quality Improvement Project
    The Minnesota Department of Health is recruiting clinics or organizations who wish to start universal screening for postpartum/prenatal depression or anxiety. A learning collaborative is now forming to support the development and implementation of work flows for universal screening. This learning collaborative will start on July 27, 2016, and run for approximately 12 months.