Starting In January 2022

MMHLA and the March of Dimes will be leading a year-long effort to address screening for mental health conditions during pregnancy and the year following pregnancy with a specific focus on WHEN to screen.

PURPOSE

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.

PARTICIPANTS

  • Obstetric, midwifery, pediatric, family providers, nurses
  • Affiliated providers such as doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants
  • Mental health providers from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work
  • Public and private insurance providers
  • Groups addressing birth and health equity
  • Individuals with lived experience, particularly women facing racial or economic inequities
  • Other key partners such as 2020 Mom and Postpartum Support International
  • Federal, state, local agencies and elected officials

TIMELINE

January 2022
Convene a 35-person Working Group to:

  • Understand the current state, including existing screening recommendations, gaps and barriers in screening and treatment, and rationale for recommendations.
  • Create a draft framework for screening throughout the entire perinatal period.

April – October 2022
Host Roundtable Discussions (2 per month, with 10-15 participants each) to gather input and feedback on the draft framework.

Interested in participating in a Roundtable Discussion? Complete this FORM, and we will follow up with dates and additional information.

November 2022
Reconvene Working Group to Incorporate feedback, prepare and publish deliverables.

WORKING GROUP

  • Individuals with lived experience
  • 2020 Mom
  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American Hospital Association
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Children’s National Hospital
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Marce of North America
  • Maternal Mental Health NOW
  • National Academy for State Health Policy
  • National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • National Partnership for Women and Families
  • National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First
  • North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Restoring Our Own Transformation
  • San Jose State University
  • Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Washington
  • Round Table Discussions

    Small focus groups will be held twice per month from April – October to gather input and feedback from a wide variety of individuals and organizations. Each focus group will be 2 hours and include 10-15 representatives from public and private organizations in maternal-child health, mental health, affiliated providers, payors, and individuals with lived experience.

    If you are interested in joining one of the Roundtable Discussions, please complete this FORM, and we will follow up with dates and additional information.

  • Deliverables

    The Working Group will reconvene in November to synthesize the input and feedback from the Roundtable Discussions and to create the following deliverables:

    • Framework to educate and screen pregnant and postpartum patients at specific times throughout the perinatal period.
    • Rationale for screening and timeline.
    • Barriers to implementation.
    • Recommendations for next steps.

Thank You to Our Partners and Funders