Ob-Gyns Are the Primary Contact for Perinatal and Postpartum Women

Postpartum/Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Rates Are Growing1

✅ Nationally, about 1 in 8 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. Rates vary by state, and can be as high as 1 in 5 women.2

✅ Tragically, 10% of postpartum psychosis cases result in suicide or infanticide.3

40% of Ob-Gyns do not screen for PPD.4

✅ One study found that over 60% of women with postpartum depression also had signs of postpartum anxiety.5

Here’s What the Experts Recommend

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that ob-gyns and other obstetric care providers:6

  • Screen patients at least once during the perinatal period for depression and anxiety symptoms using a standardized, validated tool.
  • Complete a full assessment of mood and emotional well-being (including screening for postpartum depression and anxiety with a validated instrument) during the comprehensive postpartum visit for each patient.
  • Administer additional screening during a comprehensive postpartum visit if a patient was screened for depression and anxiety during pregnancy.

Barriers to Screening for Postpartum/Prenatal Depression and Anxiety

❌ Adds administrative burden to the staff

❌ May increase appointment time

❌ Difficult to find psychiatrists and therapists who accept insurance and/or have short wait times

❌ Lack of awareness that screening is reimbursable

The Good News Is…

The overall success rate for treating postpartum depression is 80%.7

The Mind Bend PPD/PPA Screening & Management Program is the complete solution. Here’s how we make it easy:

✅ All mental health assessments are administered via text or email to make it easy for your staff and patients.

All surveys are instantly scored electronically, reducing administrative burden and allowing you to be proactive prior to meeting with patients

MBM connects you and/or your patients directly to our network of psychiatrists and therapists quickly and easily.

Streamlines the billing process, so you can earn additional revenue for your practice.

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    1. Basu A, Kim HH, Basaldua R, Choi KW, Charron L, et al. (2021) A cross-national study of factors associated with women’s perinatal mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLOS ONE 16(4): e0249780. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249780
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Depression Among Women. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/depression/index.htm#Postpartum
    3. Statistics on Postpartum Depression – Postpartum Depression Resources. (n.d.). PostpartumDepression.org. https://www.postpartumdepression.org/resources/statistics/#:~:text=Tragically%2C%2010%25%20of%20postpartum%20psychosis
    4. Long, Molly M. MA; Morgan, Franklin G. MD; Wilkes, Charles A. MD; Fontanares, Arlene J. MD; MacFarlane, Beth LPN, CCCE; Cramer, Robert J. PhD Screening Rates, Elevated Risk, and Correlates of Postpartum Depression in an Obstetric Population [28O], Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 2018 – Volume 131 – Issue – p 170S
    doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000533163.70256.b2

    5. Postpartum Depression Therapy – Postpartum Depression Treatments. (2016). PostpartumDepression.org. https://www.postpartumdepression.org/treatment/therapy/
    6. Screening for Perinatal Depression. (2018, November). Www.acog.org. https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2018/11/screening-for-perinatal-depression
    7. Carberg, J. (2019). Statistics on Postpartum Depression – Postpartum Depression Resources. PostpartumDepression.org. https://www.postpartumdepression.org/resources/statistics/