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.

More women suffer from post-partum depression than from breast cancer. And if mothers are suffering, then their babies are not getting what they need to thrive. Yet we know how to treat PPD and to help babies reach their full potential. Let's make recognition and treatment for PPD as open a part of the national conversation as breast cancer has become.

Lynn Yonekura, M.D.

Make an impact!

Donations can be cash, credit, or through payroll deduction* if you are a Dignity Health employee.  For more information or questions, please email Christina Vanoverbeke or call 602.294.4183.

*Payroll deduction is for Dignity Health employees only.

Hear one mother's story

Jenni Wilson talks about her personal experience with postpartum depression and how she found help. For more stories like these, please visit our YouTube channel.