Peer support workers: mothers can get the mental health help they need

Peer support professionals are women who have lived experiences in struggling with maternal mental health conditions and are trained to help others. It’s an evidence-based practice recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service. In some countries this service is provided by mothers recruited by health care professionals to work as Peer Support Workers within the health system, but independent postpartum doulas, support groups and peer support coaches are also recognized forms of peer support for maternal mental health.