The Periscope Project was created to fill the critical gap between statewide depression screenings initiatives and lack of perinatal psychiatric treatment services in Wisconsin. Health care providers often discontinue or delay initiation of antidepressant medication when pregnancy or breastfeeding is identified due to fears about medication safety. By offering resources to assist health care providers in treating their pregnant and postpartum patients, The Periscope Project reduces health disparities and increases healthy birth outcomes.
Our vision is for all providers caring for women of childbearing age in Wisconsin have access to specialty perinatal psychiatric and substance use consultations within five years.
Becky Schroeder, MS is the co-founder of Moms Mental Health Initiative. Becky shared her personal story during The Periscope Project’s launch event in February 2017.