MAPP Postpartum Depression Project

The Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians (MAPP) has developed a project to increase the understanding, recognition and treatment of mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum (the Postpartum Depression or PPD Project). The project goals focus on education for patients, health and mental and mental health care providers, and collaboration with other physicians providing care to these women. There are many helpful resources as well as more information on the project posted on the MAPP website (www.mainepsych.org). These include a downloadable handout for patients on perinatal mood disorders, information about medication usage, screening tools, and more.

The members of the project are also available to provide grand rounds presentations on this topic or to provide informal consultation to obstetrical practices regarding their perinatal patients with mood or anxiety disorders. For information on how to develop a consultative relationship for your practice please read about the Consultation Project which also includes consultation specifically for obstetricians. http://www.mainepsych.org/Community%20Projects/Pages/ConsultationProject.aspx.

Other activities include a newsletter reviewing important topics in perinatal mental health and recent journal articles and ongoing training of the Statewide Crisis Services workers on the emergency mental health evaluation of the perinatal woman. We are enthusiastic about developing more collaboration with our obstetrical colleagues to support woman in dealing with these important issues. For more information please contact P. Lynn Ouellette MD at plopsymd@myfairpoint.net.