The Day Hospital is the nation’s first perinatal partial hospital program treating pregnant women and new mothers with depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress, with their babies in a warm, nurturing setting. Although depression and anxiety are the most common reasons women seek help at the Day Hospital, staff can also treat women with obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mood disorders. The concept of keeping mothers and babies together during treatment was unique when the Day Hospital opened in 2000.
Please be advised that this location is a provider-based clinic and both a physician and facility fee will be assessed, which may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense.
Women & Infants Day Hospital
2 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 453-7955
Spanish-speaking staff members are available in the department, and the hospital has interpreters in other languages available upon request.
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 are more than they can handle alone.
In these cases, women may be depressed or anxious; they may cry easily or wonder if something is wrong with them. It’s more than the baby blues, and can severely impact a family’s life or even endanger the woman and others. Depression, psychosis or anxiety can make it hard for a woman to:
The Day Hospital offers short-term, intensive mental health care for expectant and new mothers in a supportive environment led by a team of professionals with perinatal mental health expertise. The goal is to help patients understand that these negative feelings are not their fault and to give them ways to overcome them.
Mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbearing. These experiences can leave many expecting and new mothers feeling alone and desperate.
Psychiatric services can help, but these patients need treatment from health care providers with experience caring for pregnant women and in an environment that keeps mothers and babies together.
Facts about postpartum depression (PPD)
The average length of stay for a patient at the Day Hospital is approximately 10 days.
A typical treatment day at the Day Hospital is separated into structured time blocks such as:
In addition, the Day Hospital is a site for several past and ongoing National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded research projects involving perinatal mood disorders, perinatal loss, and comparative treatment approaches with postpartum women.
"The Day Hospital was my 'saving grace' during this most difficult postpartum time. The group therapy and one-to-one therapy gave me the optimism and hope that things would get better. Every day is still a battle for me, but I use the techniques and skills that I learned at the Day Hospital."
“I don’t know where I would be today had I not found this program. I can’t say enough good things about it! Your staff is wonderful, and I think it works so well because you operate as a team … keep up the good work.”
“I liked knowing that I wasn’t alone with these feelings … the other women had them, too.”
“Coming to this program is the best thing that could have happened to me in that moment of my life when I was feeling so alone, lost and desperate. I profusely thank all the staff, not only for me but especially for my baby, because you gave me strength to take care of him.”
“I don’t know where I’d be without all of you. I’m feeling great and enjoying every day with my family. A few months ago, I thought I’d never feel myself again. The enclosed photo is to show you who you’ve really helped – my kids now have the mother they deserve back. My family owes so much to all of you. We just wanted you all to know how important the work you do is.”
“Overall the program was excellent and has gone a long way toward helping me get back on my feet. Both the concept of the program and the implementation of it are wonderfully innovative and needed and should be used as a model on other hospitals.”
“I’ve never felt lucky to live in RI until I became pregnant and realized I could have my baby at Women & Infants Hospital – the fact that a program like this (and as good as this) exists proves my point.”“This program is very well thought out and organized. All of the skills I have learned have been very helpful. It is reassuring to know that there is so much support out there for new moms.”
“I just wanted to thank everyone here for the help I’ve received. It was a great experience being able to meet other women in similar situations and having people who actually care and feel my pain. I would do it again if I had to.”
“Gracias por el gran soporte que ustedes ofrecen a las mujeres … gracias, gracias to all.”