When a mom is experiencing a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder, it can be confusing and overwhelming to find appropriate resources. The PPHA Provider Directory helps to bring moms and appropriate support options together.  When moms are unable to afford the help that is available in the Austin area, PPHA offers three unique programs to bring this help within reach. These programs include:

The PPHA Postpartum Doula Program provides low-income women who are experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD with 20 hours of free in-home care with a postpartum doula who is specially trained in working with Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Our studies have shown that 20 hours of work with a postpartum doula can significantly reduce the symptoms of PMDs and increase the quality of life for mother and baby.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and non-medical support to nurture mothers and their families during the period following a baby’s birth. A postpartum doula may provide education and support regarding breastfeeding, newborn care, sibling and family adjustments, meal preparation, and household organization. A postpartum doula may aid in the mother’s understanding of typical physical and emotional changes during the postpartum period. A postpartum doula may encourage the mother or family to seek medical or professional care when necessary, as well as make referrals to appropriate resources in the community.

Postpartum Doula Program Eligibility

  • Diagnosis of a PMAD either through a physician or therapist. If you do not have a diagnosis, please call Beth Thomas at (512) 590-1853 (M-F, 8am-2pm) for screening.
  • Within 12 months of a birth
  • Lives in the Austin area.
  • At or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (Roughly $50,000 for a family of 3).

Referral Process

Please contact the program director, Beth Thomas, Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm at (512) 590-1853 or at beth.arthur@gmail.com. Once a mother qualifies for the program, she will be matched with a PPHA Postpartum Doula and will begin receiving 20 hours of in-home care.

Join the PPHA Team

Interested in being a volunteer with our Postpartum Doula team? We’d love to have you! Please fill out our Doula Application here.

PPHA will offer postpartum doula training scholarships in Fall 2017. Stay tuned for the application process and more information here. In the meantime, please contact Beth Thomas if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.

The Therapy Voucher Pilot Program provides low-income women who are experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD with up to 8 sessions of discounted therapy sessions with mental health professionals who are specially trained for working with Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).

Women in Central Texas who have been identified with a PMAD may be eligible to receive a significant discount (up to $720) for mental health therapy provided by designated local mental health therapists. After the voucher, women can choose to continue the relationship with their therapist, on new terms agreed upon, without the voucher.

Therapy Voucher Program Eligibility

  • Diagnosis of a PMAD either through a physician or therapist. If you do not have a diagnosis, please call Melissa Bentley at (512) 920-3737 for screening.
  • Within 12 months of a birth.
  • Lives in the Austin area.
  • At or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (Roughly $50,000 for a family of 3).

Referral Process

  • Clients or their providers may contact Melissa Bentley at (512) 920-3737 for referral and screening.
  • Eligible clients will be matched with a therapist who has availability and is as conveniently located as possible to the client.
  • The client will pay for a predetermined portion of the cost of each visit, determined by household income and size. PPHA will pay for the remaining portion of the sessions, up to 8 sessions total.
  • The client’s portion of the bill may be submitted to insurance for potential reimbursement.

Women who have been identified with a PMAD may be eligible to receive a voucher worth up to $500 to subsidize the costs of out-patient psychiatric care.

Postpartum Psychiatric Voucher Eligibility

  • Diagnosis of a Postpartum Mood or Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), either through their physician or therapist. If you do not have a diagnosis, please call Beth Thomas at (512) 590-1853 (M-F, 8am-2pm) for screening.
  • Within 12 months of a birth.
  • Lives in the Austin area.
  • At or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (Roughly $50,000 for a family of 3).

Referral Process

  • Clients or their providers may contact Beth Thomas at (512) 590-1853 (M-F, 8am-2pm) for referral and screening.
  • Eligible clients will choose from a list of approved psychiatrists, who guarantee an initial appointment within two weeks.
  • Clients will receive a sliding scale voucher to see a psychiatrist for up to 5 visits. The client’s portion will be from 15-50% of the cost of the visit, depending on their income.
  • The client’s portion of the bill may be submitted to insurance for potential reimbursement.