Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program

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The perinatal mood and anxiety disorders program is designed for the new mom, or mom to be, who is experiencing anxiety and depression that is interfering with her ability to bond with her baby or function at her maximum level of independence. This program’s patient and family-centered care approach includes the family in treatment by providing individual, mother and baby groups, couples and group therapy.

Women At-Risk

Perinatal and postpartum mood disorders can affect any childbearing woman regardless of age, income, culture or education, and is a common problem during and after pregnancy. The following risk factors increase the likelihood of developing a postpartum mood disorder:

  • Miscarriage
  • Women that perceive they can’t breastfeed or experience complications with breastfeeding
  • Prenatal anxiety or depression
  • Stressful life events during pregnancy or after childbirth (such as domestic violence, relocation or divorce)
  • Chronic sleep deprivation
  • First-time mother or teen mother

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of symptoms, both inpatient and outpatient programs are available to women experiencing symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

  • Inpatient program with secure environment for the treatment of women who are experiencing severe symptoms
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Outpatient program including individual therapy sessions, support groups and educational classes related to nutrition, breastfeeding and maternal-infant bonding
  • Mother and baby relationship constantly monitored by expert care team

The 4-bed inpatient unit features an environment, staffing, policies and services tailored to the needs of these women and their children, with a focus on promoting mother-child bonding and attachment, while helping the mother overcome her illness.