Margaret Howard, PhD, director of the Division of Women’s Behavioral Health and of the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital and a clinical professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, was honored last week at Families First Rhode Island’s Moms for Moms Spring Gala. Dr. Howard was recognized for her role in championing the diagnosis and proper treatment of postpartum depression.
“Postpartum depression is one of the most common complications of childbirth, yet it remains widely misunderstood and under-recognized,” said Howard. “Too often, women suffer silently. Those who have felt the impact of postpartum depression personally, as family, as friends, and as caregivers must endeavor to speak in one voice, loudly, that postpartum depression exists, deserves recognition, and, most of all, is treatable.”
Moms for Moms Clinical and Program Director Sally Harrison said, “Dr. Margaret Howard has been a friend of our organization for years. We feel strongly that she needs to be recognized and honored for her work with women who are pregnant and postpartum and for establishing a remarkable Day Hospital Program which has been a model for other cities interested in establishing similar programs.”
The Gala also featured the screening of the documentary film Raise the Curtain: Moving Through Darkness by Rhode Island director Soren Sorensen. The film explores the experiences of mothers overcoming postpartum depression. The documentary features original choreography by Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh.
Women & Infants’ Day Hospital has received national acclaim for its innovative treatment approaches for pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Howard’s research focuses on postpartum mood disorders, mother-infant attachment, and perinatal anxiety disorders.
Sally Harrison (right) of the Moms for Moms program presents Dr. Margaret Howard of Women & Infants Hospital with an award recognizing her role in championing the diagnosis and proper treatment of postpartum depression.
About Families First Rhode Island’s Moms for Moms Program
Launched in 2007, Moms for Moms brings a long under-diagnosed medical condition to the forefront, providing in-home psychiatric evaluations, treatment referrals, social support, and parenting education to women experiencing or at risk for postpartum depression. The community-based nonprofit organization addresses the challenges of postpartum adjustment and the risks of maternal depression by arranging weekly home visits between “mentor moms” and pregnant women or mothers of newborns. The program also provides emotional and social support to moms, while connecting them to community resources to address maternal and child health, behavioral health, nutrition, safety, education, and development. For more information, contact Sally Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 401-383-9933, or visit FamiliesFirstRI.org.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.