When the Pine Rest Mother & Baby Program began seven years ago, it was one of the first in the country. It provides a unique opportunity for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to receive treatment in an environment which enhances mother/baby bonding.
In December 2019, the Mother & Baby Program celebrated its 7th anniversary and has treated more than 1,100 mothers and their families in this time. On average, the program serves about 18 moms a month. Our program includes a nursery, allowing mothers to bring their babies up to eight months old with them on a daily basis. This feature eliminates many barriers to women seeking treatment such as separation from the baby, as well as child care and feeding issues.
WWMT reporter Rachel Glaser interviewed with Mother & Baby Program Nurse Practitioner Robi Thomas and past patient Carrie Miles about her perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. WWMT produces a weekly news segment called State of Mind focused on mental health issues in the region.