September 21, 2023

California: Screen pregnant and postpartum patients for mental health

California passed Senate Bill 1207 to encourage screening, diagnosis, treatment and referral for depression in pregnant and postpartum women. The purpose of the bill is to encourage licensed health care professionals who provide prenatal or postpartum care to offer maternal mental health screening during the second or third trimester and at the postpartum visit.

Guidelines for maternal mental health screenings

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends OB-GYNs and other obstetric health care professionals screen patients for depression and anxiety at least once during the perinatal period using a standardized, validated tool. You should also screen patients for depression and anxiety again during the postpartum period.

Clinical staff should be prepared to start medical therapy and/or refer patients to appropriate behavioral health resources.



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