Emotional Health During and After Pregnancy
Every woman faces adjustments when she becomes a mother, but for 10 to 20 percent of women, the emotional and psychological changes brought on by pregnancy and childbirth may be more than they can handle alone. Women & Infants offers a full continuum of care for women dealing with depression or mood and anxiety disorders while pregnant and for those experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, or other mood issues.
Inpatient Consultative Services
When a patient at Women & Infants – either on one of the inpatient units or in the Emergency Department – is experiencing mental health issues, health care providers will generally ask for a consult through our Women’s Behavioral Health Consultation Liaison Service. Our team of mental health specialists collaborates with Women & Infants’ Department of Social Work, nursing staff and primary medical team to offer psychiatric consultation and suggest necessary services. Consultations are available 24 hours a day.
Our nationally recognized Day Hospital offers more intensive mental health care for pregnant and postpartum mothers. The Day Hospital is a mother-baby unit meaning infants accompany their mother to each treatment day for the duration of their stay. The Day Hospital is a supportive environment led by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians who are experts in perinatal mental health. Our goal is to help patients understand that these negative feelings are not their fault, and to give them ways to overcome them.
The Division of Women’s Behavioral Health also offers outpatient individual, family, and group therapy along with medication management. In addition to a perinatal focus, our outpatient services focus on a broader range of reproductive and life transition issues that impact a woman’s mental health and functioning.
When you are experiencing a change in your life with pregnancy or have added stress due to illness, there is nothing more beneficial than meeting other women who are dealing with similar issues. Women & Infants offers a variety of support groups for new or expectant parents, women who have experienced a loss, cancer patients, and caregivers to meet the many needs of our community and our patients.
Substance Abuse Services
For pregnant and postpartum women dealing with substance abuse, services are available through Project Link at The Providence Center. Services focus the impact of substance use in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Child care services are available to make it easier for women to attend therapy sessions.