FREE, confidential, 24/7 mental health support for moms and their families before, during, and after pregnancy. English- and Spanish-speaking counselors are available. TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-852-6262


Parents and their loved ones who contact the Hotline will speak to professional counselors. Counselors will immediately provide real-time support, information, and resources.

Counselors will also provide referrals to local or telehealth providers if you need longer-term care and support. Counselors are licensed or certified, and also have training in how to provide culturally appropriate and trauma-informed support. They will take into consideration your preferences for age, gender, ethnicity, and language-specific resources when providing referrals for you.

What You Need To Know About Maternal Mental Health

What is mental health?

Maternal mental health is the range of feelings you can have during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy and the postpartum period (time after delivery) can bring on lots of strong emotions, and some may feel:

  • Overwhelmed
  • Sad
  • Worried
  • Exhausted
  • Concerned they aren’t good enough as a mom

For many individuals, these feelings go away on their own. But, for some, these emotions are more serious and may stay for months. If you’re not feeling yourself for more than two weeks, make sure to reach out and find help. Difficulties such as depression and anxiety around pregnancy and after the baby is born are common and treatable. They affect new parents of every culture, age, gender, race, and income level.

What are some signs of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy?

Depression and anxiety affect pregnant people and new parents in different ways. Here are some of the common symptoms:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless most of the time
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Less interest in caring for yourself (dressing, fixing hair)
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble coping with daily tasks
  • Constant worry about your baby
  • Sleeping or eating too much or too little
  • Feeling very anxious or nervous
  • Unexplained irritability or anger
  • Unwanted or scary thoughts
  • Feeling that you are not a good mother
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-9-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). Don’t wait. Reach out today.

What should I do if I need help right away?

You don’t need a diagnosis to reach out for support. Reach out as soon as possible, and talk to supportive and informed counselors.

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support, resources, and referrals to any pregnant and postpartum mothers facing mental health challenges and their loved ones, via phone and text in English and Spanish. Call or text 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262).

Is the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline a crisis hotline?

No. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is not a “crisis line.” If you are in suicidal crisis, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

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