The following checklists and handouts can be helpful for:
Individuals: You can use these tools to help you determine if you need to talk to a doctor/provider about your symptoms. You can also print off the tools and take them with you to your doctor/provider for review.
Providers: These tools can be used for screening to help you in diagnosis and treatment for patients.
Screening & Assessment Tools:
This 10-question self-rating scale has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. This is the most common form of screen used in most doctors offices.
This is a 9 question screening tool that is also used regularly in doctors offices to identify risk factors or severity of perinatal depression.
This is a screening tool used in Australia specific to Perinatal Anxiety. The Edinburgh and PHQ-9 fail to ask questions specific to anxiety/OCD so this could be a very helpful tool if you find that your symptoms more closely relate to anxiety than to depression.
This is a screening tool to help you determine what social support you might have. It can be helpful in getting you to think through what type of support you need to build for optimal mental health.
City Birth Trauma Scale
New Mom Mental Health Checklist– Black/African Diaspora
This tool will help identify risk factors that may put someone at risk for developing a PMAD. The higher the number of factors, the higher the risk.
This handout shares evidence-based information about taking anti-depressants during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can be shared with your provider, as well!
Thomas Hale's MedsMilk https://medsmilk.com/
MassGen Center for Women's Mental Health https://womensmentalhealth.org/
MotherToBaby Fact Sheets https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets-parent/