Postpartum Obsessions and Compulsions Study

This study examines the nature and frequency of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in women who have had a baby in the last six months. We will also examine related mood and anxiety symptoms, in order to ultimately inform the development of an effective psychosocial intervention for these symptoms. 

This is a research study. Your name and contact information may have been given by your providers at the MGH Perinatal Psychiatry Program, or you may have found our research study link online at the MGH Perinatal Psychiatry program website or the OCD and Families website. We are asking you to participate because you have had a baby in the last six months. We expect about 225 women to participate in this study. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete, and all your responses will be completely confidential and anonymous. The information we gather from these questionnaires will be used for research purposes only. We cannot and will not access your responses at any time since they will not be directly linked to you. Your responses to the study questionnaires will not become part of your medical record. There is no monetary compensation for your participation. 


Participation is voluntary and you can stop at any time. Deciding not to participate won't affect your medical care you receive at Partners now or in the future, or any benefits you receive now or have a right to receive. If you have any concerns about your responses to this survey, please speak with your treatment provider. If you have any questions or problems with this study, please email the Principal Investigator (Dr. Baer) at 


NOTE: It is possible to pause and come back to the survey later at a more convenient time. Just click the "Resume Later" button at the bottom of the screen, and you will be allowed to save your responses and come back at a later time to complete the survey. 


By clicking the "Next" button below to begin the survey, you are agreeing to participate in this research. 

  A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it. If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.