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Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative

Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative

In 2006, legislators enacted a law which mandates screening of new mothers for postpartum depression symptoms using the EPDS (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) prior to discharge from any hospital or birthing facility and during the postpartum period. This law requires that healthcare providers educate women, fathers and other family members about postpartum depression.

The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC), a non-profit agency, is the state-licensed maternal child health consortium for southern New Jersey, is composed of health care programs and services that enhance the system of care, strengthen communities, and provide tools to families to lead healthier lives. Specifically, SNJPC offers programs that support maternal and child health care in New Jersey’s seven southern-most counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem), which have about 19,000 births annually.

Following enactment of the mandatory postpartum depression law in New Jersey, SNJPC submitted a proposal to the New Jersey Department of Health which outlined the creation of a comprehensive support service program to identify women at risk for postpartum depression. Funding was awarded and Postpartum Wellness Initiative (PWI-SJ), a model program was created.

The primary goal of this model program is to increase the identification of women at risk for a perinatal mood disorder. A web-based EPDS screening process was developed to assist obstetricians, pediatricians and family medicine healthcare providers in ambulatory settings, comply with the mandatory screening laws. Women have the option of self-referral through the confidential telephone “warmline”, as well. The PWI-SJ care management team uses a stepped-care model of intervention that includes telephone assessment, triage, referral and follow up for several weeks. There are 2 options for follow up services: traditional clinician-assisted intervention with a dedicated professional, and a low intensity, non-therapeutic telephone support through MomMoodBooster (MMB) with a personal coach, a PWI team member.


Susan Ellis Murphy, MA, BSN, RNC-OB, LPC
Program Coordinator
Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Program
Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey (PWI-SJ)

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MomMoodBooster How it Works

You will receive 6 weekly sessions that help you improve your mood by giving you strategies to:

  • Identify negative thoughts and how to overcome them
  • Increase positive thoughts to feel better
  • Do more pleasant activities to regain balance in your life
  • Get helpful support from others
  • Use tools to keep track of your mood

MMB also sends reminders, has a separate website for your partner, and it is delivered in a secure, reliable way that protects your privacy.

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1 in 9 perinatal women experience depression

About 1 in every 9 pregnant and postpartum (perinatal) women experience depression

Research-Driven Treatment Options

In a controlled trial, 79% of depressed women assigned to receive MomMoodBooster were no longer diagnosed depressed at the end of 3 months. By contrast, only 18% of women in usual care were no longer depressed. MMB users also showed a greater reduction in the severity of their depression symptoms. The benefits of MMB have been demonstrated and replicated in research published in peer-reviewed journals.

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I felt frustrated, tearful and overwhelmed after my baby was born. I thought I just had baby blues. But, since getting some help, I know that these were signs of postpartum depression.