Depression is the most common complication related to childbearing. We know that depression and other perinatal mental health conditions can negatively affect health outcomes for all family members.
However, screening for these issues is not always part of routine perinatal care.
Increased screening can help providers and patients identify mental health concerns and connect families to prevention and treatment. In collaboration with perinatal care providers across Montana, HMHB facilitated the creation of a screening protocol, which helps providers:
- Choose validated screening tools
- Establish a screening workflow
- Discuss mental health with patients
- Make appropriate referrals to local services
- Develop a screening schedule
More Information on Mental Health
Screening for postpartum depression is also crucial for ensuring healthy families.
See our guidance to parents about mental health.