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Postpartum Depression: What We Are Doing

In 2002, the Perinatal Foundation made a multi-year commitment of programmatic and financial resources to address the issue of perinatal mood disorders. The goal of that effort, entitled the Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative, was to build awareness, promote screening and effective interventions, and support potential research and model projects to meet identified needs.

The initiative had several phases:

  1. Public Awareness Campaign, 2002-2003
  2. Best Practices Symposium, June 10, 2003
  3. Blueprint for Action, 2004
  4. Regional Conferences, 2004-2005
  5. Collaborative Projects, and Field Research, 2005-present

For the fifth phase of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative, the Perinatal Foundation supports selected collaborative projects and field research that grew out of the preceding aspects of the Initiative.

For example, in 2009, the Perinatal Foundation began developing a Spanish-language music and message CD to raise awareness about postpartum depression and make the information more accessible for Latino families. An evaluation of the CD showed that it may help Latinas and their families identify symptoms of postpartum depression more accurately and engage in positive activities when feeling blue.

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