Recovery &
Mental Health

Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are other forms of mood and anxiety disorders that a new parent can develop around the time of childbirth. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy, and up to the first 12 months after giving birth. The good news? There are mental health resources and treatment options to help you recover — because your health matters.

  • Baby Blues & Depression
  • Infant and Toddler Mental Health
  • Substance Use Support
  • Quit Smoking
  • Addiction Treatment for Mothers

Baby Blues & Depression: Maternal Mental Health

depression mental health resources

“100% of Healthy Start participants are screened for depression!””


– 2023 Benchmark Report

Infant and Toddler Mental Health

toddler mental health resources
“Infant mental health” refers to a child’s social and emotional development from birth to age three. It’s the foundation for future development, and is supported by everyone engaging in your child’s life.

There are some great local providers who specialize with early mental health.

“After childbirth, a mother can experience varied emotions ranging from joy and pleasure to sadness and crying bouts. These feelings of sadness and tearfulness are called “baby blues,” and they tend to decrease over the first 2 weeks after delivery.”


– National Library of Medicine

Substance Use Support

substance abuse mental health resources

The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs — or misuse of prescription drugs — by pregnant women can lead to severe health consequences for babies. This is because many substances pass easily from mom to baby through the placenta, or even through breast milk after childbirth.

“Around one in seven women can develop postpartum depression (PPD). While women experiencing baby blues tend to recover quickly, PPD tends to be longer and severely affects women’s ability to return to normal function.​. ”


– National Library of Medicine

Quit Smoking

Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems for developing babies, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip. Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Additionally, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products containing nicotine (the addictive drug found in tobacco) are not safe to use during pregnancy. Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies, and can damage an infant’s brain and lungs. Also, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing baby.

“Early childhood and caregiver mental health services are foundational for whole-person wellness; mental health should be considered just as important as physical health, particularly for growing children. ”


– Alison Hinson, Founder/Director of Juniper Tree Counseling & PNTF Member

Addiction Treatment for Mothers

Addiction Treatment
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, and would like to seek support with addiction treatment, there are some great local resources available to you: