Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

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.

    By law, all birthing hospitals and centers are required to provide mothers of new babies with MDH approved information regarding postpartum depression.

    The Minnesota Department of Health has a number of different resources available to help professionals who would like to establish or improve perinatal mood screening, referrals, and treatment within their organizations. This includes:
    • Quality Improvement Projects - 12 month learning collaborative dedicated to identifying and testing small changes and tracking improvement data
    • Webinars - posted webinars addressing screening in different settings
    • Speakers - for Grand Rounds, Conferences, Staff Training or other venues for sharing best practices and tips on implementation and improvement of screening and referrals
    • One-to-one support - contact Tessa.Wetjen@state.mn.us or 651-201-3625 to request assistance