Postpartum Depression Initiative

Help us support women and families struggling with maternal mood disorder.

Postpartum depression is by far the most common condition associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Yet out of the 900,000 women in the U.S. who experience this each year, only 50,000 ever receive professional help. Every year, more than 60,000 new babies are born at Dignity Health hospitals, many of which are located in communities where families are already coping with poverty and stressful lives.

Our goal: to be a national model for excellence for maternal and infant wellbeing

At Dignity Health, our goal is benefit both mothers and their newborns, so that each generation can thrive, so we are implementing a Two-Generation Solution to address postpartum depression and other maternal mood disorders. We plan to establish universal screening for all new mothers at our 29 hospitals with birthing centers in California, Arizona and Nevada, and have already launched two pilot sites. We are also supporting OB/GYN and pediatric offices in providing education, screening and service referrals.

Help give families a better start and support the next generation

We are deeply committed to our Postpartum Depression Initiative. We ask you to join us in giving hope to new mothers and their babies. Your unrestricted gift in any amount is welcome and will be applied where the need is greatest. We also invite you to make a donation to support one of our four funding opportunities.

For more information or questions, please email Nancy Bussani or call 415.438.5738

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Dignity Health employees are additionally invited to donate through payroll deduction*. 

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Hear one mother's story

Lourdes Nilon talks about her personal experience with postpartum depression and how she found help.