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.


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.


  • 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


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.

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

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


  • 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 March – 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 contact Program Manager Aminat Balogun (

  • 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