Maternal Depression Screening

Screening mothers for post partum and maternal depression is critical to the health of the mother and the child. Left untreated, maternal depression can affect how a mother cares for her child in the early and critical years of a child's development.

Maternal depression can impact bonding, attachment, and the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of young children. Screening for maternal depression can provide early detection and referral for mothers experiencing depression.

Data Source: Coös Coalition for Young Children and Families.

Data Notes: Data represent the total number of mothers in the agency's program, the number screened, those "referred" (which indicates those whose screening results were positive for symptoms of depression and who were referred for treatment), and those receiving treatment.

The PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 are Patient Health Questionnaire screening tools (PHQ-2 is a 2-item questionnaire, and PHQ-9 is 9-item). EPDS is the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale used with new mothers.