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Office of Mental Health

Help for Maternal Depression

Between 15 and 20 percent of all women experience some form of pregnancy-related depression or anxiety. It could include prenatal depression, the "baby blues," postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. But the good news is, maternal depression is treatable.

You are not alone.


RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged new and expecting mothers and families in a way most have not experienced before. New York State is working to keep moms and babies safe in every way. If you are feeling overwhelmed about Coronavirus, help is available.

Emotional Support Helpline
1-844-863-9314
7 days a week | 8 am to 10 pm

Postpartum Resource Center of NY Mom Line
1-855-631-0001
7 days a week | 9 am to 5 pm


EMERGENCY RESOURCES

If a woman is thinking about harming herself or her infant, help is needed immediately. If there is imminent danger to someone's life, call 911.

For women in crisis who need help, hotlines are available as resources for both health care providers and families:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Six Things to Know About Maternal DepressionLeaving OMH site

A NYS Department of Health Fact Sheet

Postpartum Resource Center of New YorkLeaving OMH site

The Postpartum Resource Center of New York offers support and education around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This site includes a state-wide resource directory with an interactive search function to find the help you need.

New York State Pregnancy Risk Network Leaving OMH site

A free telephone information service providing information about the possible effects of medications and other exposures that may affect pregnancy or breastfeeding.

The Motherhood Center of New York Leaving OMH site

Supportive services for new and expecting moms.

New York State Parent Guide Leaving OMH site

A guide for new or expecting parents and caregivers.

Postpartum Support International Leaving OMH site

PSI offers a range of resources including educational brochures, live chat with experts, and tools for pregnant women and new moms. There is also a special section just for new dads and partners.

Birth and Postpartum Doulas Leaving OMH site

A guide on how to find and work with birth and postpartum doulas provided by Postpartum Support International.