Frequently Asked Questions for Professionals

Who is eligible for the Mother & Baby program?  The Mother & Baby Program is for pregnant women and women who are up to one year postpartum who are experiencing a Perinatal Mood Disorder. They must meet criteria for partial hospitalization and cannot be adequately treated through traditional outpatient services. Criteria is assessed through individual assessment at the Pine Rest Admission department.  Some examples of symptoms include:  collapse in functioning, significant depression, suicidal or homicidal ideation, debilitating anxiety and bipolar symptoms.  Other symptoms specific to women with Perinatal Mood Disorders could include:  intrusive thoughts, obsessive thinking and an inability to care for self or others including the baby.  Women must be able to remain safe at home in the evening and on weekends and have an adequate support system to ensure their safety.

Women who have experienced perinatal loss related to the most recent pregnancy (miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death) are not appropriate referrals to the program.  Women who have history of perinatal loss and have another pregnancy are eligible for this program.

Women who are experiencing psychosis may need inpatient services before attending the Mother & Baby program.

What is the cost of the program?  Pine Rest participates with almost all major insurance plans.  Co-pays and deductibles vary.  Patients with Medicaid or no insurance must be referred by their local Community Mental Health.

Can I refer a teenage mother to the program?  No, due to licensing guidelines, we are only able to serve women ages 18 years and older.  Teenage parents with depression could participate in our adolescent partial or inpatient programs if they meet criteria.

Can a woman be referred at any time during her pregnancy?  Yes.

Can women bring their babies with them to the program?  Yes, we can accommodate babies up to the age of 12 months in the program.  Women can bring the baby with them to treatment groups or utilize our nursery staff to assist in the care of their infant.   We do not provide formal child care – women need to be able to provide basic care for their baby while at the program.  We are not able to accommodate siblings / children older than 12 months of age at this time and recognize that this may be a barrier for some families.

Does a woman have to bring her baby with her in order to participate in the program?  No, women do not have to bring their baby with them; however, some programming will include mother and baby activities to help promote healthy interactions and attachment.

What kind of clinical programming will the program offer?  The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 4:00pm. Women will participate in 90 minutes of group therapy daily focusing specifically on the needs of women with Perinatal Mood Disorders.  Women will also attend educational groups to build skills in areas such as coping, self-care, nutrition, infant soothing skills and mother–baby interaction.  Individual assessment and family meetings are also part of the treatment model.  Professional lactation support is available as needed.

Will I be able to access a psychiatrist while in the program?  Yes, the program includes meetings with a psychiatrist upon admission and at scheduled times before, after or during the program day.

What is the average length of stay?  Length of treatment will be based on the patient’s individual needs and will be re-evaluated throughout their stay; however, we ask that women plan to be available to attend the program for at least 5 days.  

Is transportation assistance available?  We will assist women in utilizing community resources, including insurance coverage and public transportation to assist in providing transportation to treatment when needed.

Is lodging available for patients who travel from other areas of the state?  Local hotels are available at discounted rates near Pine Rest.  Talk to our staff for more information.

Is the program open on holidays? The Mother & Baby Program will be closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

What kind of discharge planning will be offered?  We will ensure that patients leave the program with a comprehensive plan for follow up and success at home.  We will arrange for the patient to return to their established outpatient provider, psychiatrist and primary care physician or connect women with providers if they do not already have one.

How do I make a referral? Anyone can make the referral including the patient herself.  A provider referral is not needed, although it can be helpful to coordinate services.  Call the Pine Rest Contact Center at 800/678-5500 or 616/455-9200 to speak to our admission staff who are able to answer questions and arrange for the assessment.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have questions or need additional information!