We envision a world where all parents receive the support and care that they need so that they and their children can truly thrive. 


The Margaret L Shaw Institute for Perinatal Mental Health  (Shaw Institute) is a Colorado based non-profit organization.  The Shaw Institute’s unique training program creates a workforce pipeline of highly qualified reproductive mental health specialists, and also drastically increases the number of women who are assessed for perinatal mental health challenges.


All donations to the Margaret L Shaw Institute are managed by our fiscal sponsor, the Trailhead Institute. We are grateful for your support!


Depression During and After Pregnancy Can Be Prevented, National Panel Says. Here’s How.
— New York Times


Our Mission

The Shaw Institute improves the mental health and well-being of mothers and their families.

We achieve this mission by offering early mental health assessment and ongoing support to mothers and their families, and by providing expert training and mentorship to mental health professionals.



Mothers are assessed early and referred to appropriate support, providers get specialized training, and physicians receive behavioral health support for their patients.

Moms and families flourish.

Health systems benefit.

Communities thrive.



Training and Assessment. Two Needs: One Solution


Mothers need mental health screening and access to treatment. Clinicians need specialized training.

Our training program offers expert mentorship and ongoing supervision to mental health clinicians who are looking to specialize in reproductive mental health.

We place learners in medical practices (Ob/Gyn, Midwife, or Pediatric clinics) where they provide in-depth mental health assessments to mothers and their families as part of their routine care. Our trainees also provide low-fee ongoing counseling for women and families in need of affordable, specialized treatment.


At the Shaw Institute we know that: 

  • Emotional challenges in the pregnancy and postpartum period are very common, and are nothing to be ashamed of;

  • Everyone transitioning into parenthood benefits from appropriate assessment, and;

  • People suffering from a perinatal mood disorder deserve the specialized treatment required to help them heal and move forward.