Screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
Recommendations from the AAP, the ACOG and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force have all been noted to recommend screening EVERY woman for perinatal mood disorders. It is important to note that screening alone has not shown to change outcomes. We encourage Florida providers to screen each woman AND provide the opportunity for follow-up discussion as well as connecting her with local resources. Please find validated screening tools linked below.
Additional screening tools
The screening questionnaires below have not been validated but may be helpful in clinical practice.
Postpartum Stress Center- Postpartum Distress Measure
Postpartum Stressors Scale- Learn more
MCPAP for Moms toolkit includes screening and treatment algorithms. Find it HERE.
ACOG of New York depression screening toolkit. Find it HERE.
The U.S. Dept. of HHS, Office on Women's Health has information and fact sheets. Find it HERE.
World Health Organization provides a literature review on risk factors and interventions. Find it HERE.
Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.
Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.