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Perinatal Mood Disorders

In this section, learn more about:

  • The incidence and problems associated with perinatal mood disorders
  • Screening for PMD
  • How to provide supportive interventions and resources to PMD sufferers
Why is this Important?

Considered among the most common complications of pregnancy and the postpartum period, perinatal mood disorders (PMD) can impact pregnancy and birth outcomes, maternal role function, and infant/child development. Research suggests that more than one in 10 women will experience various degrees of depression during their childbearing year.

IPN Resources Role of IPN

Since 2002, IPN has assumed a lead role in expanding the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of perinatal mood disorders throughout Indiana. IPN's award-winning work focuses on educating healthcare providers, developing and launching multimedia public awareness campaigns, creating online resources to aid perinatal depression sufferers, and strengthening statewide infrastructure on PMD prevention and response.

IPN staff works closely with the Indiana Perinatal Mood Disorders Task Force to improve statewide infrastructure and capacity related to PMD prevention, awareness, treatment, and policy.

Contact IPN at 317.924.0825 or

Other Helpful Links
  • Screening for Depression During and After Pregnancy: ACOG Committee Opinion Number 453, February 2010.
  • a professional education, peer-reviewed web site developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to educate primary care providers treating women who have or are at risk for postpartum depression.
  • Medline Plus: Postpartum Depression This service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers information for patients and providers on postpartum depression treatment and research.
  • Postpartum Support International PSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
  • Perinatal Depression Information Network A collaboration of national, state, and community organizations addressing perinatal depression . Building on a knowledge base of initiatives in all 50 states, PDIN is creating an online community of resource partners to share information, promote innovative and effective practices in the field, and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration.

Click here to see what we are telling Mothers and Families.

External websites posted for informational purposes only. IPN does not endorse or assume responsibility for their content.

Contact Us

Indiana Perinatal Network
1991 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone: 866.338.0825
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