Self-assessment tools for new mums

On this page you will find links to a couple of evidence-based self-assessment tools, developed by academics working in perinatal mental health, to help you identify symptoms of perinatal anxiety.

These tools are designed to help you identify your symptoms, but they are not able to provide you with a clinical diagnosis (which can only be made by a qualified healthcare professional). However, your results can help you to decide whether it might be worth speaking to a health care professional to get additional help and support. If you think you might need assistance you can anonymously email your results to yourself and take that email to an appropriate health care provider.

Please note – your responses are not being recorded and there is no person monitoring the screening tools to provide support.


The Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS) is a questionnaire, consisting of 31 questions designed to screen for potentially problematic anxiety and worry in pregnant and postnatal women.

Complete PASS questionnaire


The Postpartum Specific Anxiety Scale (PSAS) is a questionnaire, consisting of 51 questions, that is designed to assess the specific anxieties you may be feeling that are directly related to the postnatal period.

We have obtained permission from the PSAS authors to make this scale available for women experiencing symptoms. If you would like to use this scale for research/clinical purposes, please contact the PSAS working group directly at [email protected]. The scale is available under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence which means that it can’t be used, modified, or commercialised without explicit permission.
Complete PSAS questionnaire