"You can’t tell by looking™"

Postpartum Depression: What You Can Do

Everybody can do something about perinatal depression—from working to decrease stigma to providing support for women.

If you are a care provider for women or their infants, here are some things you can do that will support women, infants, and families during the perinatal period and beyond.

  • Learn about depression in the perinatal period and how depression can affect women, their partners, and their children.
  • Identify resources in your area that provide appropriate services for treating depression.
  • Develop a process for depression screening that ensures that women are screened twice during pregnancy and twice in the postpartum period.
  • Support women and their families by reassuring them that help is available.
  • Remember, you can’t tell by looking™.


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