The Perinatal Depression Information Network (www.pdinfonetwork.org) is a new and dynamic electronic resource that collects and organizes information on perinatal depression at the state and local level, including programs, services, materials and contacts. The PDIN provides a growing knowledge base of initiatives in all states and territories creating an online community of resource partners—public and private—to share information, promote innovative and effective practices in the field, and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration. The PDIN creates a forum to bring together maternal, child, and mental health providers, leaders, and families to address perinatal depression and its significant threat to the well-being of mothers and their families.
The PDIN lists specific contacts and other key information for each resource in the network. Online information ranges from provider toolkits and training modules to research, policy, funding and legislative initiatives. Special features include a forum to pose questions and discuss issues, and a section on materials for women and families.
This visionary project was launched by the Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership (PPP) with funding from the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and the PA Department of Public Welfare. The PDIN is now being guided by a collaborative of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (lead organization); the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP); the University of Colorado Depression Center (UCDC), a member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC); the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, and an advisory committee represented by a spectrum of disciplines concerned with perinatal depression.