Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)

If you or someone you know if in immediate danger, call or text 911 right away. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of maternal depression or anxiety, contact your/their primary care provider, obstetrician/gynecologist, midwife or your child's pediatric provider. If you are in a crisis or are considering suicide, contact:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: text VT to 741741

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are common, treatable, and can occur at any time during pregnancy or in the first year after pregnancy. As many as one in five women suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety in the perinatal period, and screening for PMADs in medical practices is an important step in identifying women in need of treatment.

PMADs can have serious impacts on maternal health and well-being as well as long-lasting impacts on children’s cognitive, behavioral, and academic development. They can impact attendance at well-child visits, vaccination, and safety practices. For more information on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, check out our printable PMADs factsheet

There are several resources across the state focused on providing support to individuals and families struggling with PMADS as well as providers. The following is a short list of programs that offer a variety of different services to best meet the needs of those struggling from and those treating PMADs.

Help Me Grow Vermont 

Pregnant individuals who are seeking help in finding and accessing mental health clinicians with specialized expertise and/or training in PMADs can call Help Me Grow for assistance by dialing 211 option 6 or email 

Providers working with pregnant individuals and families who are experiencing PMADs can also make a direct referral by completing an online referral form.

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The Vermont chapter of Postpartum Support International has a list of support coordinators and support groups that are available to all. Their mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Vermont.

Perinatal Mood and anxiety consultation service
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Medical providers in need of consultation and education regarding PMADs are encouraged to contact the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Consultation Service at the University of Vermont Medical Center at (802) 847-4758.  

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The Vermont Department of Health is interested in learning how to best support people during pregnancy and after they give birth. We want to hear women’s stories about navigating the health care system to help develop a mental health support system that is accessible to all who need it.

We want hear from interested women who meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Were pregnant or postpartum (up to one year after delivery) between Oct 1, 2016 - April 30, 2020
  • Have experienced depression and/or anxiety during this time period

The information you share will help guide our approach to enhancing the system of care. You can receive up to $100 to compensate for your time and offset any associated costs. For more information, please contact (802) 598-4613 or to schedule an interview that will take less than one hour. 

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The Vermont Department of Health and Department of Mental Health are collaborating on the Screening, Treatment, & Access for Mothers & Perinatal Partners (STAMPP), a 5-year cooperative agreement funded by HRSA to help expand perinatal mental health services in Vermont.