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Depression During and After Pregnancy

This professional resource guide presents resources about the prevalence and incidence of perinatal depression; identification and treatment; impact on the health and well-being of new mothers and their infants; and implications for service delivery.


See Depression Among Women (2017) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information about depression symptoms, treatments, and a checklist to help women speak with their health professionals about their experiences.

Websites: resources from 5 key websites

Reports, Briefs, Webinars, and Other Electronic Resources

  • Automated search of the MCH Digital Library's online catalog MCHLine®. Find publications, tools, and other electronic resources about depression during and after pregnancy.

Data and Statistics

Journal Articles and Other Literature and Research


News and Commentary: blogs.

MCH Digital Library Guides on Related Topics

Resources for Women and Families

See MCH Digital Library family resource brief Depression During and After Pregnancy.

Depression During and After Pregnancy: Professional Resource Guide, 4th ed. (July 2013). Updated May 2017.

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Contributors: Beth DeFrancis, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., NCEMCH.
Reviewers: Michelle LaRue, M.D., National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH; Anna Rough Grignon, M.A., M.E.S., CityMatCH.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., NCEMCH.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.