Thursday, December 06, 2012
Pine Rest to Open a Mother and Baby Day Program for Perinatal Mood Disorders
Pine Rest is pleased to announce the start of a new
Mother and Baby Program which will open Dec. 10. Only the second of its kind in
the country, the program is a day treatment program lasting on average five
The partial hospitalization program will treat a number
of perinatal mood disorders including postnatal depression, postpartum
psychosis, postpartum anxiety and perinatal depression. It provides a unique
opportunity for women with perinatal mood disorders to receive treatment in an
environment which enhances mother/baby bonding.
The program includes the addition of a nursery, allowing
mothers to bring their babies with them on a daily basis. This feature removes
many barriers to women seeking treatment such as separation from their baby,
childcare and feeding issues and it allows staff to work with mother and baby,
eliminating poor outcomes for the baby.
Pine Rest currently treats 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
The development of this program began more than three
years ago and included contributions by many colleagues, care providers and
community organizations. All of the information and research identified a
regional gap in care.
Women receiving services in the Mother and Baby Program
will benefit in a number of ways not available in current treatment programs:
and classes are specifically tailored to the needs of women who are pregnant or
will benefit from spending time with women encountering the same issues.
will receive treatment provided by psychiatrists and clinicians specifically
perinatal mood disorders.
staff will help women with pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment
while considering physical needs such as pregnancy and lactation.
can learn skills to help bond with their child and manage challenging symptoms.
will help reduce the long term effects of the illness on children.
About Pine Rest
is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the
U.S., offering 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
Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010
when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids
and national community.