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Depression During & After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families, & Friends

Where Can I Get More Information?

There are many excellent resources on Perinatal Depression. At your local public library, you can use the Internet or check out books to get important information. There are telephone hotlines and support services where you can ask questions. Also, your health care provider may have additional resources. The more you understand about Perinatal Depression, the better you will be able to care for yourself and the ones you love.

Where Help is Available

Postpartum Support International
Phone: 800-944-4PPD (800-944-4773)
For information on treatment, support groups and resources in the United States and 25 countries.

Postpartum Education for Parents
1-800-311-BABY (1-800-311-2229)
(In Spanish: 800-504-7081)
For information on prenatal services in your community.

Additional Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Mental Health Information Center
Phone: 800-789-2647
For information on depression, including a locator to find a mental health center in your area.

National Women’s Health Information Center
Phone: 800-994-WOMAN (800-994-9662)
Frequently asked questions about depression and pregnancy.

National Institute of Mental Health
Phone: 866-615-6464
Health information and research studies on depression.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Phone: 800-762-2264
Resources for you and your health care provider.

National Mental Health Association
Phone: 800-969-NMHA (800-969-6642)
For information on Perinatal Depression, including a locator to find a mental health center or provider in your area.

Books

Beyond the Blues, by Shoshana S. Bennett and Pec Indman (Moodswing Press, 2006) Available in Spanish

Beyond the Birth: What No One Ever Talks About, by Dawn Gruen, Rex Gentry, Abby Meyers, and Sandra Jolley (Depression After Delivery, 2003)

The information on this Web site is not a substitute for personal medical advice, attention, diagnosis or treatment. If you have questions or concerns about your health or the health of your baby, consult your health care professional.

Created: November 2006

Image of a man holding his baby.

I recognized the symptoms and took charge. It was not easy, but with support from my family, friends, and doctors, and drawing on my own personal strength, I overcame Perinatal Depression and today I am moving forward. My family is well. My baby is well. And most importantly, I am well.