Resources for Perinatal Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Local Offerings 

Help Me Grow (HMG) is a free service for all prenatal parents and families with young children through age eight. HMG has child development specialists on staff to provide information and referrals to local & statewide agencies & programs, provide developmental monitoring and screening, and offer care coordination among multiple service delivery systems. HMG has recently expanded services to include assisting women and families in getting connected with additional support during the perinatal period. Pregnant & postpartum caregivers and families who are seeking help in finding and accessing mental health clinicians with specialized expertise and/or training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) can call Help Me Grow for free assistance at 211, option 6 or email Providers working with pregnant women and families who are experiencing PMADs can also make a direct referral by calling or completing an online referral form.

For more information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders please visit click here.

Medical providers in need of free consultation and education regarding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are encouraged to call Sandy Wood, CNM, PMHNP, with the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Consultation Service at the University of Vermont Medical Center at (802) 847-4758.

Pregnancy and New Parenthood during COVID-19 

General Information and Resources

CDC Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Caring for Newborns (October 23, 2020)

COVID-19 Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance-  This site provides links to a broad range of trustworthy sites including (but not limited to) those listed below.

The Fourth Trimester Project - New Mom Health: A Village for Mothers  is an expert-written postpartum self-care information hub designed by moms, for #postpartum moms. The site currently has current information on the Coronavirus and COVID-19 for mothers.

Visit the March of Dimes - Coronavirus Disesase (COVID-19): What You Need to Know About Its Impact on Moms and Babies. Learn how to protect yourself from COVID-19 during pregnancy. Get the facts about how COVID-19, or the Coronavirus may affect you or your baby.  

Motherhood Understood - A safe, judgment-free space for all the overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious moms like me — the ones nobody talks about.

National Perinatal Association - COVID-19 - information to help mothers be prepared/cope with the Coronavirus and COVID-19, including coping with the anxiety associated with the pandemic.

Pebble Parents - What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are pregnant or postpartum.

Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19 By Robert Sege, MD, PhD. Helpful tips for managing stress as a new parent.

Support Groups

Postpartum Support International offers supports & resources for women and families through weekly online support meetings.

Contact Information

Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Emily Hawes
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone: (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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