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BJC HEALTHCARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES References
Psychiatry, therapy and case management
314-729-4004 Ohio Department of Mental
Health/Help Me Grow Maternal
bjcbehavioralhealth.org
Depression Screening Program
Retrieved 9/2012 http://www.
NURSES FOR NEWBORNS ohioando4kids.org/Maternal_
In-home parent support Depression
314-544-3433
Minnesota Department of
nfnf.org
Health Postpartum Depression
Program Retrieved 9/2012
P E R I N A T A L B E H A V I O R A L H E A LT H S E R V I C E S
CRISIS NURSERY 24-HOUR HELPLINE http://www.health.state.mn.us
Crisis, respite and support services for families
314-768-3291 New Jersey Department
crisisnurserykids.org
of Health and Perinatal
Mood Disorders Program Providing emotional support for moms
Retrieved 9/2012 http://
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/
For postpartum mood and anxiety disorders postpartumdepression/
800-944-4PPD
postpartum.net

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P E R I N A T A L B E H A V I O R A L H E A LT H S E R V I C E

All moms experience a period of adjustment when THINGS YOU CAN DO

a baby is born. While pregnancy and childbirth are If you’re feeling blue, don’t give up. There are some important things you can
do to help with symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety, including:
times of great joy, they are often accompanied by
• Ask for help. Talk with your obstetric
changes and demands that may be overwhelming. care provider, call a crisis hotline or
ask a loved one to get you the care
you need.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Get support from family and friends.
It is very common for new moms to have the “baby blues.” They often start a Research shows that adequate sleep
few days after a baby’s birth. Usually, feeling sad and irritable will not stop you from and time away from your baby, even if
taking care of your baby or yourself. But if those feelings prevent you from enjoying it’s just 30 minutes, is very important
life or last longer than two or three weeks, you may have perinatal depression. to emotional health.
• Ask your faith or other community How can my depression
YOU ARE NOT ALONE leaders about other support affect my baby?
Perinatal depression and anxiety affects up to 2 out of every 10 moms. resources. Healthy feelings between you
It can occur at any time during your pregnancy or in your baby’s first year. and your baby are important
• Join a support group or talk
for your baby’s physical and
to other mothers. emotional growth.
Other symptoms can include:
• Learn as much as you can about
• Feeling sad, anxious or “empty”
Think about it ... perinatal depression and anxiety.
• Low mood most or all of the day
• Over the past two weeks,
• Change in sleeping or eating have you felt little interest
or pleasure in doing things?
• Feeling helpless, guilty or worthless
• Thoughts about hurting your baby,
• Over the past two weeks, We are here to help!
have you felt down, depressed
even if you will not act on them or hopeless?
• Problems concentrating or making The Perinatal Behavioral Health Service (PBHS) offers:
simple decisions • Individual/couples therapy
• Thoughts about death or suicide • Psychiatry services
• Panic attacks • Community resources
• Obsessive thoughts
For more information, visit our website: pbhs.wustl.edu