Pine Rest is excited to announce our new Mother and Baby Program. The partial hospitalization program treats a number of perinatal mood disorders including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis, postpartum anxiety and perinatal depression.
Pine Rest has treated women with postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders in the hospital, Adult Partial Program and in our many outpatient clinics. Yet the research indicates that better outcomes are achieved when the patient can bring her newborn with her during treatment so that mother-baby bonding can continue.
All of the information and research identified a gap in care in this region. This led to the decision by Pine Rest to develop this needed partial hospitalization program for women with perinatal mood disorders and their families.
Program development began over three years ago and included contributions by many of our colleagues, care providers and community organizations. In addition, we collaborated with existing mother/baby programs throughout the country.
The Pine Rest program is the second of its kind nationally.
Benefits of Pre & Postnatal Depression Therapy
Women receiving services in the Mother and Baby program will benefit in a number of ways not available in current treatment programs:
- Mothers will be able to bring their babies into treatment with them, eliminating factors that discourage treatment such as separation, childcare, and infant feeding issues.
- Groups and classes are specifically tailored to the needs of women who are pregnant or postpartum.
- Participants will benefit from spending time with women struggling with the same issues, encouraging follow up with support groups after program completion.
- Women will benefit from treatment provided by psychiatrists and clinicians specifically trained in perinatal mood disorders. Clinical staff trained in perinatal mood disrders will help women with pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options while considering physical needs such as pregnancy and lactation.
- Women can learn skills to help bond with their child and manage challenging symptoms under the encouragement and supervision of clinical staff.
- Treatment will help reduce the long term effects of the illness on children.
- Program outcomes must show that depression and mood disorders are improved. All program activities will be focused on helping the patient get better.
For more information, contact:
Gretchen Johnson, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Services Manager