The Mother & Baby Program is for women who are experiencing a Perinatal Mood Disorder during pregnancy and/or the postpartum period. 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.