There is hope

Iowa's Perinatal Depression Project


  About baby blues

  About postpartum depression

  About postpartum psychosis

  What causes perintal depression
   and who is at risk?

  What help is available?  

  Facts & myths

  Resources for children

  Downloadable materials

  Additional resources



Facts & Myths


  • Perinatal depression is a real medical disorder. It doesn't mean a woman wasn't meant to be a mother or that she doesn't want her baby.
  • Perinatal depression often goes undiagnosed because many women do not seek help because they may feel embarassed or guilty about feeling sad at a time when they are supposed to feel happy.
  • Perinatal depression can happen to ANY WOMAN!
  • Perinatal depression can be treated successfully.

Sometimes the reality of motherhood doesn't match images portrayed in the media.

For many women, the early weeks and months of motherhood are very difficult.




  • Untreated perinatal depression will go away quickly and doesn't affect a child's development.
  • Pregnancy reduces the risk of depression in women.
  • Pregnancy is always "the most wonderful time in your life."
  • You can't take medications when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Getting help for depression will result in your children being taken away from you.
  • Birthing, bonding and parenting all come naturally.

Having Perinatal depression means that a woman is weak or a bad mother.

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Funding for this project was provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.