The Framework exists to overcome barriers to connecting referrals and services, collecting data to support work, and creating policy change. We understand that navigating resources to support this work can be challenging and as such, we aim to help stakeholders across Colorado with their efforts through sharing links to valuable and informative Colorado-specific research, data sets, screening best practices, and other resources about maternal mental health. Let us help you navigate resources and connect with others working to support pregnant and postpartum people.

The following resources are intended for professionals, advocates and organizations. If you are seeking care or support for yourself or a loved one, help is available. Visit the Need Help? page for links to information and resources.


Messaging Guide | Equity Tools and Resources for COVID-19 Guide | CDC’s Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Page | CDC’s Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Settings


Colorado Data Brief | Gender Inclusive Language Guide | Medication Guidance | Ongoing Trainings | Perinatal Continuum of Care | PRD 101 | PRD Public Awareness Campaign | Screening Guidance | Societal Cost | Symptoms Guidance

Colorado Data Brief

This data brief from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment features an overview of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety in Colorado including various data sets from recent Colorado monitoring methods.

Gender Inclusive Language Guide

The Gender Inclusive Language Guide is a living document that was developed for the Colorado Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and Framework as a resource to support aligned efforts for a more equitable and inclusive approach to perinatal mental health. The guide was authored by Heather Thompson of Elephant Circle and funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Medication Guidance

Provider-to-provider resources for identifying the most current research on what medication is safe for mother and child.

Ongoing Trainings

Numerous maternal mental health training opportunities exist. Click here for information on consistently offered training opportunities.

Perinatal Continuum of Care

Colorado’s Perinatal Continuum of Care illustrates the various services and supports that families may encounter and describes opportunities to promote or address perinatal mental health across these services. It encourages providers from a variety of service areas to recognize and embrace their role in supporting perinatal mental health and highlights available resources so that providers can help families connect with the supports they need to be resilient and thriving.

Pregnancy-Related Depression & Anxiety 101

Depression and anxiety represent the most common complications of pregnancy. Read an overview of perinatal mental health (referred to as pregnancy-related depression and anxiety, PRD) including relevant research, Colorado-specific data, and basic information to orient yourself to the topic.

Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety Public Awareness Campaign

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, in partnership with Postpartum Support International, launched a public awareness campaign in 2016 to improve the awareness and knowledge of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety among pregnant and postpartum people and their informal support networks. Materials are available for community partners and providers to help share the campaign messages. Click here to access the campaign toolkit in English and Spanish.

Screening Guidance

Regular screening and education can increase awareness and identification of depression and anxiety and increase the number of pregnant and postpartum people receiving treatment. This screening resource includes information about when to screen, links to screening tools such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and featured screening toolkits (universal, primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, home visitation and other service providers).

Societal Cost

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders carried a 5-year societal cost of $199 million in Colorado following births in 2017. Download the following Mathematica Policy Research issue briefs for a comprehensive analysis of the economic burden of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Colorado and across the United States. Click here for the Colorado Cost and click here for the National Cost.

Symptoms Guidance

This symptoms guideline is designed to assist the clinician with the assessment and management of pregnancy-related depression and anxiety. This guideline is not intended to replace the clinician’s judgment or establish a protocol for all patients with a particular condition.