Perinatal Family Mental Health Initiative
Maternal mental health conditions are the MOST COMMON obstetric complication and a tragic and preventable cause of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men experience significant depression during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. These rates are nearly double for African American women and those living in poverty. According to Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data, the prevalence of self-reported depression in the 3 months before, during, and after pregnancy have steadily increased since 2016. Effective, free, and validated screening tools exist to identify mothers and fathers at risk for perinatal depression. Treatment is available and can significantly improve outcomes for new mothers, babies and families in our state.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend universal screening of pregnant and postpartum women for depression as a component of quality obstetric care. Screening for postpartum depression in both mothers and fathers is recommended by Bright Futures and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is considered best practice in caring for infants and their families.
In 2020, the NPQIC received funding from the Pritzker Children’s Foundation and First Five Nebraska for a three-year statewide depression screening and referral project. This initiative aims to establish perinatal depression screening as the standard of care and to identify statewide treatment referral systems. A toolkit is available to guide implementation of perinatal depression screening.
Legislative Update: On July 21st, 2022 Nebraska Statute 38.204.01 went into effect. This bill recommends mental health screenings for mothers during and after pregnancy and tasks the Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing with crafting policies with providers around maternal depression screenings.
Inaugural Maternal Mental Health State Report Cards Released (May, 2023)
The Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health, in collaboration with George Washington University, released the first-ever grading of state efforts in addressing maternal mental health. The U.S. is failing mothers – only scoring a D grade. Just one state has received the highest grade of a B-, and 42 received Ds and Fs. Nebraska received an F.
The report card grades states in three domains:
- Providers and Programs
- Screening and Screening Reimbursement
- Insurance Coverage and Payment
Access the state maternal mental health report cards here.
If your clinic or facility is interested in participating in NPQIC's Perinatal Depression Screening Initiative, contact us here.
AAP Policy Statement (January, 2019)
AAP Call to Action: Screening Fathers (January, 2020)
NPQIC Toolkit: Clinical Guidelines for Implementing Universal Perinatal Depression Screening (7/2023)
- Call or text 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)
- 24/7, free, confidential hotline for pregnant and new moms in English and Spanish
- Promotional Materials Available
Rural Maternal Mental Health Training Webinar Series
Brought to you by CHI Health and NPQIC. Each session has been approved for 1 hour of CME/CE.
- Session 1: Perinatal Mental Health Overview (4/18/2023)
- Session 2: Management and Treatment of Mental Health Presentations in Pregnancy and Postpartum (5/2/2023)
To receive CME/CE, you MUST complete the post-training evaluation here.
ACOG Online Learning Course
- Free, 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
- Available May 18, 2023 - March 1, 2025