What Is A Screening?


By now, we hope you know that we think your mental health is important, especially during pregnancy and the first year after. The best way to both monitor and support your mental health is to complete the screenings we will be reminding you about. Let’s talk about these screenings.

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a widely used and recommended tool for screening the emotional well-being of pregnant and postpartum women. We’ve put these questions in an easy-to-access format and will regularly send you texts/emails to answer these 10 questions. This screening tool is proven, researched, and quick. It should take less than 5 minutes to answer each time. Just like your doctor checks your blood pressure every visit, your mental health deserves the same regular check-in.

We ask you to be honest and know that there are no right or wrong answers. We know that this may be the first time you have even been asked about your feelings. Again, there are no wrong answers and absolutely no judgment. This is an opportunity for you to pause and think about how you’re feeling at that moment in time.

After you answer the questions, you’ll see a score. Depending on what that score is, we have helpful suggestions about things you can do to reduce stress or anxiety and take care of yourself. If your score indicates that you could benefit from additional support, we will reach out to you to share options.

Screening allows you to check in on your emotions and feelings, which can be hard to navigate during pregnancy and postpartum. Continuing to screen will help us keep a pulse on how you are doing and help you see how you are progressing. Just like those blood pressure readings, if we see a high score, we can better support you and help.

Every time you screen you are supporting your mental health & we think that deserves applause!

You can learn more about the screening process by clicking here.

Here for you,

The Previa Alliance Team