Emotional Wellness from the Beginning
To promote maternal emotional health through education, support and advocacy.
1. Advancing awareness and education about perinatal mood disorders for healthcare professionals and the public.
2. Being a recognized leader in postpartum support.
3. Creating and nurturing partnerships with community organizations and healthcare professionals serving pregnant and postpartum women.
4. Being an influential voice for maternal emotional health promotion.
Welcome to Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC). In 2005 various healthcare agencies in Tucson convened at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital to hear about postpartum depression and the innovative program, the HOPE Project, that was initiated in the Women and Infant Care service line at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Since then, quarterly meetings open to the community have served to be the voice of PPD in Tucson from which education, capacity building, awareness and support projects have grown.
Today, TPDC is an AZ charitable nonprofit under the IRS 501 c(3) regulations driven by an all volunteer Board of Directors and the input of general members. Our chief concern remains the improvement of circumstances for women and families who are touched by perinatal mood disorders. We serve as a link to information and services for both the professional and family populations.
In the Tucson community, about 15-20% of women will suffer from depression and/or anxiety before or after childbirth. We believe that women have the right to early identification and treatment so that a positive experience of mothering and parenting, and the best outcomes for her children and her partner can be achieved. Depression or anxiety around childbirth are common and treatable. We hope that everyone at risk will find support or services. No one should suffer alone.
TPDC is grateful for the support it has received over the years which includes: Pima County Prenatal Block Grant, Jenny’s Light Foundation, Altrusa Foundation-Tucson, March of Dimes Community Grant, CODAC Behavioral Health and private donations.