Many healthcare professionals work with new mothers and fathers who may have symptoms of perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety. You may be in the position to make a referral or provide resources to your patients/clients.

What Do I Say to a Parent Who May be Experiencing PPD?

It is important to increasingly normalize PPD and utilize language which is nonjudgmental and encouraging when screening for PPD.

  • “Being a new parent can be an incredibly wonderful and incredibly overwhelming experience and it is normal to feel both.”
  • “We know that PPD is common in many women after giving birth so I talk to all the families I work with about this.”
  • You can help by reducing her sense of isolation and shame and encourage her to believe a better future is possible
  • Assure the parent that concerns about PPD do not make her/him an unhappy or bad parent.
  • Avoid assumptions.
  • Avoid judgmental tones or assuming he/she has PPD before screening and assessment is complete
  • Ask mom or dad if she/he has been screened for PPD by another healthcare professional

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