Perinatal Mood Disorders
The Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative, also known as the Postpartum Depression (PPD) program, began in 2006 after New Jersey became the first state in the country to pass a law mandating universal screening, education and referral for PPD in all hospitals offering in-patient obstetric services.
The PPD program collaborates with member hospitals, health centers, mental health clinicians and community-based organizations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties to support the emotional well-being of women during the perinatal period.
The program’s goals are to:
- Provide PPD education to healthcare providers on its signs and symptoms and screening methods, and information on local perinatal mental health resources
- Raise PPD awareness and provide information about hospital and community referrals to assist women and their families
- Support member hospitals and community-based organizations by establishing new mothers’ groups
- Provide a continuum of care during the perinatal period by conducting follow-up phone calls to at-risk mothers to ensure they are connected to mental health services and/or support groups
- Monitor, collect and analyze member hospital PPD screening data
- Maintain an updated listing of regional support groups and a directory of perinatal mental health providers