There are various steps to take in order to reduce stress after delivery and to identify signs of PPD early. If you are working with perinatal individuals, especially those who may be at risk for depression, some of the following resources may be helpful for your clients/patients.

  • Welcome Family
    A free, universal one-time nurse visit for all mothers with newborns. Currently present in Fall River, Boston, Lowell, Holyoke & Springfield.
  • Early Intervention Partnerships Program
    A home visiting program that provides services in communities with some of the state's highest rates of infant mortality and morbidity. EIPP aims to identify early maternal and infant risk and links families to services to prevent or reduce poor health and/or developmental outcomes.
  • Text4Baby
    Text4baby sends free text messages to pregnant women and new moms with useful tips about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA provides various resources to help parents make good choices about medicines, foods, and other products for mom and baby during and after pregnancy.
  • Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
    The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

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This information is provided by the Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division within the Department of Public Health.