Maternal Mental Health

UWNQC Committee Reports

Improve maternal mental health, 2021

The Maternal Mental Health Referral Network website was updated. Governor Cox issued a declaration announcing February as Maternal Mental Health Month. The committee implemented recommendations on screening frequency, screening tool, and a response and triage algorithm as well as drafted a maternal mental health toolkit. Presentations on maternal mental health were given at the Utah Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 2021 conference.

2020 Maternal Mental Health Committee Progress

Educational Resources

These include links to the PSI-Utah website, Utah Resource Guide and video on Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Support International – Utah

Quality Resources

Vision Statement:

All childbearing women in Utah receive mental health education and screening during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Every woman with perinatal mental health concerns receive the most appropriate care, from the most appropriate healthcare professional, within an appropriate, stage-based response time.

Goals:

  1. Ensure adequate education and training for all healthcare providers* in Utah who deliver healthcare services to childbearing women.
  2. Develop recommendations for an evidence-based response protocol for clinical settings in Utah, both inpatient and outpatient facilities.
  3. Develop recommendations for education, screening, and detection protocol for clinical and community settings in Utah.
  4. Disseminate recommendations to all clinical settings across Utah.
  5. Evaluate effectiveness of dissemination to clinical settings.
  6. Identify mental health resources available in various communities across Utah.
  7. Plan, implement, and evaluate a perinatal mental health resource and referral service for the state of Utah, to serve childbearing women, their families, communities, and healthcare providers.
  8. Engage and strategize with third party payers regarding reimbursement for mental health services.

*Including Maternal-Child health workers, nurses, medical assistants, doctors, midwives, clinic staff, lactation consultants, perinatal care managers, doulas, community/public health workers, employee assistance providers, employee health resource workers.