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Perinatal Mental Health Pathway

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a validated tool recommended for the routine screening of individuals for perinatal depression and/or anxiety. The EPDS is a ten item questionnaire that indicates if there is a need for further assessment and/or intervention. The EPDS is valid for use with adolescents and adults who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Mothers
  • Fathers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Parents of toddlers

The EPDS is not intended to provide a diagnosis and should be completed with a health care professional.

When administering the EPDS with your clients, please use the EPDS without scoring. Refer back to the EPDS scoring sheet to calculate your client's overall EPDS score.

Assess Risk: Screen Using EPDS

After administering the EPDS, please select the box that corresponds to your patient’s score to view supports and resources


Life with a new baby is not always easy and the adjustment to parenthood can be challenging for new moms and their families. Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders during pregnancy and after the arrival of a baby are a reality for many expectant and new moms. You or your patient can contact Health Connection for free, confidential telephone support at 1-800-361-5653 or by email

York Region Public Health does not recommend one service over another. If you or someone you know needs support, the agencies listed within this pathway may be of help.

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