January 27, 2019

Global Projects

On this page, we feature projects, research and innovations from our global collaborators!

Research: Comparison of mental health screening tools for detecting antenatal depression and anxiety disorders

Published by the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP), South Africa

Antenatal depression and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in low and middle-income countries. Screening of pregnant women in primary care antenatal settings provides an opportunity for entry to care, but data are needed on the performance of different screening tools. In this paper they have compared five widely-used questionnaires in a sample of pregnant women in urban South Africa.

Resource: Bettercare – Maternal Mental Health guidebook

Written by the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP), South Africa and edited by Prof Dave Woods

The Maternal Mental Health book was written for doctors, nurses and social workers caring for women before and after birth. It provides a clear guide to supporting mental health in the perinatal period. You can read the book online.

Resource: COPE Perinatal Digital Screening

COPE Centre of Perinatal Excellence has created a digital screening resource known as iCOPE Digital Screening. It is an interactive web-based platform that pulls up selected screening questions and questionnaires during a consultation with a provider to identify perinatal mental health issues. 

Research: Pregnancy-Related Anxiety vs Generalized Anxiety

Though pregnancy-related anxiety (PrA) has become more recognized, there still remain questions about the clinical differences in how PrA manifests vs conventional constructs and measures.

This study identified 2 distinct features - specific concerns about the child's health and concerns about birth. Furthermore, they found significant differences in the long term patterns of these 2 factors and also some association between general measure of anxiety and depression.

Resource: Local Informed Volunteers/Coordinators in your area

Postpartum Support International (PSI) has more than 300 Support Coordinators in every US state and around the world. PSI Coordinators are trained volunteers who provide support, encouragement, information, and resources by phone, text, or email. PSI Coordinators will help connect moms, dads, and families to local providers who are trained to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

To find coordinators in your area visit the PSI website.

Research: Children's Institute - Influence of norms and values on Pregnancy Termination services in South Africa

Abstract: As front-line providers, nurses play an integral role in the implementation of South Africa’s Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and, thus, the promotion of women’s reproductive rights. In light of low levels of support for termination of pregnancy services in South Africa, it is important to understand nurses’ views of such services. The purpose of this study was to examine how nurses’ norms and values shape the provision of abortion services.

Resource: Maternal Mental Health Blog

Running in Triangles is a blog about maternal mental health and self-care for moms helping to spread the message "stay strong and speak up."

Last year, they ran a series of guest posts and invited women to share their own postpartum depression story. This year they have a set of 10 questions about postpartum depression that mothers can answer, in order to show the similarities and differences of maternal mental illness.

Visit the Running in Triangles blog to read more and see the questions.

Resource: Postpartum Depression film

Elena Miliaresis, director / producer of the documentary While Time Stands Still, says that her film captured how postpartum depression led to suicidal ideation followed by an attempted suicide of one of the protagonists.

Against the background of war, While Time Stands Still, which aired on PBS, ABC and NPR, depicts how families, wives, mothers cope with their loved ones at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can find out more and watch the trailer on her website.

Research: Effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high risk postpartum woman

Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine if aromatherapy improves anxiety and/or depression in the high risk postpartum woman and to provide a complementary therapy tool for healthcare practitioners.

Results: The pilot study indicates positive findings with minimal risk for the use of aromatherapy as a complementary therapy in both anxiety and depression scales with the postpartum woman.

The study is open access available here.

Resource: Emergency services in Boston, USA

Acute Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital - The Acute Psychiatry Service, or APS, is located within the MGH Emergency Department. They are a 24-hour service that provides diagnosis and treatment of acute psychiatric and neuropsychiatric emergencies. (617) 726-2994.


Resource: Support Groups in Portland, Oregon USA

Baby Blues Connection currently offers support groups in the Portland Metro area of Oregon.

Our MamaCare groups are designed to help and support pregnant women and postpartum women as we learn to handle stress related to becoming parents as well focusing on depression, anxiety and birth trauma.  All of our trained facilitators utilize the same techniques.


Resource: Group therapy and information sessions in British Columbia

British Columbia Children's Hospital hosts various events throughout the year covering topics raging from postpartum depression and anxiety, tips on how to get your baby to fall asleep, learning a baby's body language for fullness and hunger cues, introducing solid food to your baby, amongst others!


Resource: Postpartum Support Network - Feel Something Say Something 3.0 Project

Feel Something Say Something 3.0 Project in 4 Steps

  • Education
  • Screening
  • Treatment
  • Road to Recovery (Support Groups)

In partnership with Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, PSN educated over 3500 women during hospital outreaches and special events in Lagos and Abuja in 2018. PSN screened over 2000 women and 620 of them presented symptoms of postpartum depression. PSN was able to provide  treatment for ten (10) women with severe cases of Postpartum depression out of the six hundred and twenty (620) women whose screening result indicated high risk. Currently, they have fifteen (15) women undergoing therapy with our clinical team and plans are underway to providing additional treatment plans for three hundred (300) Mothers in 2019. Read More

Resource: Already Radiant

Learn better coping skills, end negative thoughts, and find confidence as a new mom. The self-paced, skill-building course Stop The Overwhelm: Taking Care of Yourself as a New Mom is coming soon here.

Resource: Community Wellness Outreach

Amela Sandra Dzurlic offers case management & community health outreach by teaching seminars. In terms of case management, she provides assessment in evaluating whether or not a woman qualifies for a variety of government services such as food stamps, rental assistance, child care expense coverage, social security benefits, and other sources of income assistance. She also runs a blog: byAmelaSandra.blogspot.com where she shares safety planning information, self-care articles, and more to come. You can find her on twitter @Amela_Sandra & facebook https://www.facebook.com/ByAmelaSandra/

Check out her blog here: http://byamelasandra.blogspot.com/


Share your project, research or maternal mental health innovation by using this form.

Projects can include – but are not limited to – scientific research, best practice peer-to-peer-support or technology innovations that help advance the field of maternal mental health service provision.