1 in 5 women will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in pregnancy or postpartum.
Despite routine contact with medical providers, most pregnant and postpartum women with depression go unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated.
Lack of treatment can lead to devastating effects on women, infants, and families.
Care providers are challenged by multi-level barriers to providing needed mental health care for these women.
Addressing these barriers requires a practical and sustainable platform that builds the capacity of clinicians to address depression and other mental health concerns in the perinatal period.
To meet the needs of women, providers, and the broader health care community, UMass Medical School has created Lifeline4Moms, a consultation service that works collaboratively to develop programming capacity and meet the needs of women, providers, and the broader health care community.
Helping the Health Care Community Optimize Maternal Mental Health
Lifeline4Moms works with diverse health care stakeholders at the individual, provider, and systems levels to help promote maternal mental health.
Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments, most maternal mental health and substance use disorders are unrecognized and untreated.