PAL for Moms

Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line.jpgThe Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Moms is a free telephone consultation service for providers. Any health care provider in Washington State can receive consultation, recommendations, and referrals to community resources from a UW psychiatrist with expertise in perinatal mental health.

Faculty members consult on any mental health-related questions for patients who are pregnant, in the first year postpartum, or who have pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pregnancy loss, infertility). Topics may include depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders; adjustment to pregnancy loss, complications, or difficult life events; risks of psychiatric medications; non-medication treatments; and consulting about women on psychotropic medications who are wanting to or thinking about getting pregnant.

The phone line 206-685-2924 or 877-725-4666 (PAL4MOM) is staffed Monday through Friday from 1-5pm, but providers can call at any time and receive a call back within one working day.

Our perinatal psychiatrists are also available to help any practice thinking about instituting routine screening for depression. We can come to a clinic and provide a broad overview of best practices for depression screening and follow up in the perinatal period.

For more information about the consultation line or to arrange a clinic visit, please contact Deborah Cowley, MD at 206-543-6577 or

Learn more
UW Medicine Advancement article: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies
Psychiatric News article: Maternal Mental Health: Moving Mental Health Care Upstream
HSNewsBeat article: Helping moms, babies navigate mental health