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Pine Rest To Open Mother-Baby Partial Hospitalization Program

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., May 15, 2012 – Pine Rest is excited to announce the start of a new Mother-Baby Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). The anticipated start date is October 2012.

“Pine Rest currently treats women with postpartum depression (PPD) and perinatal mood disorders (PMD) in the hospital, adult partial hospitalization program and in our many outpatient clinics,” says Susan Langeland, corporate director, hospital based services. “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.

The development of this program began over three years ago and included contributions by many colleagues, care providers and community organizations. In addition, Pine Rest collaborated with existing mother/baby programs throughout the country.

“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 program for women with PMD and their families,” says Gretchen Johnson, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Services Manager. “The Pine Rest program will be the third of its kind nationally.”

Patient Benefits

Women receiving services in the Mother-Baby PHP 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 PMD. Clinical staff trained in PMD 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. 




About Pine Rest

Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.