Getting Started

Making a commitment to understanding, identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders begins by following a multistep program towards Maternal Mental Health Friendly Certification. This program was designed to aid facilities and providers in achieving the only MMHF™ Designation nationwide.  The method maintains all of the superior standards set by a team of PMAD experts in their respective fields, while breaking the process down into manageable and achievable phases.

Achieving a level of certification is available to all institutions; large and small hospitals, for profit and not-for-profit hospitals, teaching hospitals, hospitals at various stages of development, as well as birthing centers, women’s wellness clinics, and providers supporting the perinatal community. Facilities and providers supporting the perinatal community may earn the MMHF™ certification by successfully completing all phases for their designation and level by following the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria and passing a final assessment which may necessitate an on-site visit. The MMHF™ certification process may require verification of policies, programs, action plans, resource materials, staff training, and competency verification, as well as a readiness interview and an on-site survey. Upon successful completion of this process, the facility or prover will be granted a license to use the Maternal Mental Health Friendly™ Seal.

Maintaining Certification

The Maternal Mental Health Friendly Certification journey does not end when you achieve your seal. Routine data collection, monitoring of practices and quality improvement activities are vital to ensuring that the MMHF™ standards are maintained. Facilities and providers responsible for ongoing adherence to the most current Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria .

Maternal Mental Health Friendly Certification is awarded for a 2 year period. The recertification process varies in length and process depending upon the designation of certification and level.

Facilities may achieve recertification for the level they have been awarded or work towards a higher level by following the process provided.