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Women and Infants Mental Health

We focus on the wellbeing and special mental health needs of women.

The Women and Infants Mental Health Program at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry was created to identify and address the unique needs of women and infants throughout the life cycle. Our program consists of outpatient clinical care, research, training education, and outreach focused on improving and maintaining the mental health of women and infants.  All program activities contribute to our overall mission to improve understanding, treatments, and outcomes for women and their families.

Clinical Care

When it comes to mental health, women have unique needs and experiences, and many women experience challenges at times of hormonal changes and life transitions, especially during pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause. Many women experience mood, anxiety, or trauma-related difficulties during these times and are in urgent need of time-sensitive, safe and effective specialized care.

The Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic is a specialized destination clinic designed to provide state-ofthe-art assessment, support and therapeutic intervention services to women throughout the reproductive life cycle. The clinic has a particular focus on pregnancy and postpartum and is aimed at improving and maintaining the mental health and well-being of mothers and their families.  

The clinic focuses on reproductive mental health, including:

  • Pre-conception planning
  • Anxiety and mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Breast-feeding difficulties causing emotional distress
  • Infertility
  • Reproductive loss
  • Mood disorders related to reproductive hormone changes such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perimenopausal mood changes

1 in 5 women struggle with mood issues in pregnancy and postpartum. Many feel alone and stigmatized. The Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic connects women with safe and effective treatments and the care they deserve.

Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic team members are experts in reproductive mental health and come from many disciplines, including psychiatry, nursing, psychology and social work. They focus on making comprehensive evaluations available to women in a time-sensitive manner, and provide a broad range of evidence-based services including psychotherapy, complementary approaches, and safe medication management. 

Services offered:

  • Psychoeducation on women’s mental health and well-being
  • Diagnostic evaluation and personalized needs assessment
  • Expertise in medication management during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Non-pharmacological wellness coaching
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Assistance with resources and community referrals
  • Care coordination and consultation with other pregnancy and postpartum providers
  • Support with postpartum healthy mother-infant bonding

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call 734-764-0231 and ask for the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic.

Parenting in Postpartum Wellness Program

HELPING INFANTS AND THEIR PARENTS GROW STRONGER, TOGETHER

The relationship between parents and infants lays the foundation for a child's lifelong emotional and behavioral wellbeing. Difficult pregnancies or deliveries, family stresses, the baby's personality, and other factors can make it challenging for families to build strong relationships with a new baby.

The Parenting in Postpartum (PIP) Wellness Program team helps parents and infants create strong, joyful bonds. This gives children the healthy start they need in their development.

How can we help you?

The PIP Wellness Program is available to parents who may benefit from support and guidance during the first year of their child's life.

Parents who may find the program helpful are those who:

  • Are feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed.
  • Have experienced stressful changes or traumatic events.
  • Want to learn more about their baby's development.
  • Have infants who are struggling with feeding, sleeping, or excessive crying.
  • Have infants with developmental concerns or illness.

If any of these describe you, and you want to strengthen your relationship with your infant, the program may be right for you. Contact us to learn more.

 

Information and Resources

Locations

4250 Plymouth Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48109