Perinatal OCD (often called “postpartum OCD” or “maternal/paternal OCD”) is a legitimate mental health condition that can be experienced by parents, whether or not they are a childbearing parent. It can affect parents of any gender and can occur during the pregnancy period and/or after the baby’s birth. This resource center includes information about what perinatal OCD is, how it’s treated, information for loved ones, information for clinical providers, and resources to help navigate life and care for those affected.
Remember — you are not alone! You are not a bad parent for living with perinatal OCD, and there is hope and help available for you.
This Resource Center was developed by the Public Awareness subcommittee of the Perinatal OCD Task Force, a partnership between the IOCDF and 2020 Mom. Thank you to our many contributors and supporters who made this resource center possible, including: Megan A. Barthle-Herrera, PhD; Joy Burkhard, MBA; Lindsay Devon; Cindy Herrick, MA, CPSS, MHFA; Allison Livingston; Joseph P.H. McNamara, PhD; Ashley R. Ordway, MEd, EdS, LMHC
Special thanks to Danielle Laine Cooke, MS and Melissa Anne Mulcahy, PhD from the Research subcommittee of the Perinatal OCD Task Force for their extensive literature review that provided many of the facts and statistics referenced in this resource center.