Mother & Baby Program FAQs

The Mother & Baby Program is a daily, short-term, intensive treatment program for women experiencing a Perinatal Mood Disorder. The program is for pregnant women and women who are postpartum. For many women in this program, seeing a therapist 1-2 times a week is not enough. Symptoms can include: high anxiety, worsened depression, inability/lack of desire to care for the baby, difficulty with day to day activities, thoughts of self-harm or other scary thoughts.

FAQs for Patients & Families

Perinatal Mood Disorders, commonly known as Postpartum Depression, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder, PMD, or PMAD is a term for women experiencing significant changes to their mood anytime during pregnancy and up to 2 years postpartum. This could include high anxiety, sadness, depression, irritability, mood swings or elevated mood.

Perinatal Mood Disorders can impact women of all ages, races, income levels, education and backgrounds. We welcome all women ages 18 and up into this 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.

Yes, you can bring your baby up to the age of 1 year to the program. You can bring your baby with you to treatment groups or utilize our nursery staff to assist in the care of your infant. Some of the programming will include mother and baby activities to help build and promote a good relationship. We do not provide formal child care – you need to be able to provide basic care for your baby while at the program, but our staff is available to assist you as needed. We are not able to accommodate children older than 12 months of age and recognize that this may be a barrier for some families.

No, you do not have to bring your baby with you if you prefer.

Safety is very important to us in this program for both you and your baby. While in the program, you will make the decisions about care for your baby. The Mother & Baby Program is separated from other Pine Rest patient programs and is in a secure location that has locked doors to prevent non-program staff and visitors from entering. Only women in the program and staff are allowed in the Mother & Baby program area. Wrist bands are used for identification and to ensure safety for you and your baby. Nursery attendants are child development specialists and all staff and volunteers are screened with background checks.

Yes. We support and encourage women who are nursing their baby. You will be given time and privacy for pumping or breastfeeding. You can bring your own breast pump or use the program’s hospital grade breast pump. Professional lactation support and milk storage/refrigeration is also available to program participants.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. You will participate in group therapy daily focusing specifically on the needs of women with Perinatal Mood Disorders. You will also attend educational groups to build skills in areas such as coping, self-care, nutrition, infant soothing skills and mother–baby relationships. Individual assessment and family meetings are also available. We will provide you with a voucher for lunch in the cafeteria on your first day – you are responsible for bringing or buying your lunch on other days. We do require that women and their babies stay on the Pine Rest campus during the treatment day.

Yes, the program includes meetings with a psychiatrist upon admission and at scheduled times before, after or during the program day.

Length of treatment will be based on your individual need and will be re-evaluated throughout your stay; however, we ask that you be available to attend the program for at least 5 days. Program staff can provide documentation for your employer if necessary.

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

Local hotels at discounted rates are available near Pine Rest. Talk to our staff for more information.

Yes. Pine Rest welcomes all women into the program without regard to religious affiliation.

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

Call us! Our staff is happy to talk with you about how you are feeling and to help connect you with the best service for you.

FAQs For Professionals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. 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.

Patients in the program meet with a psychiatrist upon admission and at scheduled times before, after or during the program day. Our clinicians strive to collaborate with outside providers as a best practice in providing excellent patient care.

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.

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

Local hotels are available at discounted rates near Pine Rest. Talk to our staff for more information.

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

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.

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!

Call 616.455.9200 or 800.678.5500 for admissions. TTY line available at 616.281.6446.