MMHLA convenes and works with national and state organizations to align priorities and
to address maternal mental health (MMH) care with a coordinated, comprehensive approach.

Leading Collaboration

MMHLA brings together individuals and organizations from the fields of maternal-child health, birth and postpartum professionals, infant and early childhood development, and mental health to address MMH conditions in a coordinated, comprehensive approach. MMHLA reaches across government, private, and nonprofit sectors.

MMHLA works side-by-side with sister organizations 2020 Mom, Marce of North America, Postpartum Support International, and Shades of Blue Project to coordinate national policy advocacy and awareness for MMH conditions.  MMHLA participates in several national-level efforts to address MMH care, including Mind The Gap, Mental Health Liaison Group, and Lifeline For Moms.

Screening Project

MMHLA and the March of Dimes are leading a year-long project to create a framework for when to screen pregnant and postpartum people and their partners for mental health conditions. The goal of the Screening Project is to synthesize existing screening guidelines from a variety of organizations into a cohesive approach to educate and screen pregnant and postpartum people throughout the two-year timeframe during pregnancy through one full year postpartum. Input and feedback will be included from public and private organizations in maternal-child health, mental health, affiliated providers, payors, and individuals with lived experience. > VISIT PAGE

Prevention Summit

In May 2022, MMHLA worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to host Highlighting Innovative Programs to Prevent Perinatal Mental Health Conditions. The goal of this event was to bring together representatives of evidence-based programs designed to prevent and mitigate perinatal mental health conditions, along with representatives from government agencies, national organizations, and others who could benefit from learning about and potentially implementing these programs. > VISIT PAGE

MMHLA has partnered with the March of Dimes to host several national advocacy events, including

Round Table Discussion

In May 2019, MMHLA hosted a Roundtable Discussion bringing together individuals and organizations to discuss current efforts to address MMH conditions, identify commonalities and overlaps, and create a roadmap for moving forward with a coordinated, comprehensive approach.  Participants in the Roundtable Discussion included maternal-child healthcare providers, mental health providers, and birth and postpartum professionals from the government, nonprofit, and private sectors.  Read the findings HERE.