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Maternal Mental Health

Learn about resources to support maternal mental health and well-being for UC San Diego staff.

Pregnancy and family planning can be one of the most exciting yet emotionally and physically draining of human experiences. We hope you are already enjoying some moments of joy and wonder during this time. We also hope that if you experience any emotional difficulties related to pregnancy and/or family planning, you will consider reaching out for support. Heightened emotions and concerns are normal reactions to the sometimes overwhelming experiences of becoming and/or being a parent. The UC San Diego campus Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is here for you and your co-parent. Our licensed counselors provide individual, couples and group therapy for every stage of adult life, and can help you find many local resources.

Below you will find a list of several resources (articles, books, websites). Please explore this list at your leisure and/or consider reaching out to a trusted medical provider, therapist or one of the FSAP counselors, if needed, as these resources are not a substitute for professional assistance.

Wishing you and your family all the best.

If you need support related maternal mental health, contact FSAP Counselor Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW, PMH-C, CEAP »

Perinatal & Postpartum Resources

International Resources

National Resources

  • Postpartum Stress Center: Pennsylvania-based treatment center founded by maternal mental health expert and author Karen Kleinman 
  • 2020 Mom: California-based advocacy & policy program, education, legal information, screenings
  • The Seleni Center: New York-based treatment program, professional trainings, articles and general information.
  • The Emily Effect: Utah based awareness, advocacy, education, story sharing, resources.
  • Postpartum Progress: Awareness blog, articles, questionnaires, downloadables, resources.

Local (San Diego)

  • Postpartum Health Alliance: Perinatal mental health awareness, education, and referrals to San Diego providers and community resources

UC San Diego Resources 

Support Groups


Information for New Parents on Blink

Miscarriage Resources

Online Resources


From Three Heartbeats to One: A Gentle Companion Offering Hope in Grieving Pregnancy and Infant Loss by Keisha M. Wells

 Perinatal/Postpartum Book List

 book cover for This Isn't What I Expected



This Isn’t What I Expected, by Karen Kleinman, founder of the Postpartum Stress Center

“This book is a game-changer for many of my new moms. I highly recommend getting the audiobook.” - Izabel Caetano Francy, LCSW, FSAP Counselor


book cover for Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts


Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers, by Karen Kleinman

book cover for Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts



Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood, by Karen Kleinman