Postpartum Depression Resources
Read Kindred features on postpartum depression here.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). The EPDS is a 10-question self administered screening tool developed by John Cox and Jeni Holden and used worldwide that helps to recognize women who might be suffering from postpartum depression. You can download a copy of it right here. You can fill out this screening tool and print it out to share with family and take it with you to your healthcare provider.
Resources from Postpartum Support International, PSI:
- Postpartum Support International
- PSI Weekly Online Support Groups
- Postpartum Progress
- PPD Support Page: Offers online, moderated discussion forums about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
- Caring Baby Nurses PPD Guide
- MGH Women’s Mental Health Center
- Action on Postpartum Psychosis Forum
- Infant Risk Center
- Mental Health America: A leading nonprofit on mental health, this links to their postpartum depression fact sheet.
- Maternal & Child Health Library (MCH): The MCH Library, compiled by Georgetown University, houses a collection of historical documents and reports related to maternal and child health in the United States and health services for children and families.
- National Institute of Mental Health: Link to the National Institute of Mental Health section on mental illness and women
- Motherisk: Motherisk provides evidence-based information and guidance about the safety or risk to the developing fetus or infant, of maternal exposure to drugs, chemicals, diseases, radiation and environmental agents. This is a link to information about medication taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding and how it may impact the baby.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org
- More PSI resources for families, dads and professionals here.