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Overview

In the past, many women who experienced behavioral health challenges during pregnancy and new motherhood remained silent about their struggles. But now, more women are asking for the help they need to overcome a range of psychiatric disorders so they can be happier, healthier and ready to raise the new additions to their families.

The treatment offered at the Northwell Health Perinatal Program may benefit a wide range of new or expectant mothers, including:

  • Women with existing psychiatric disorders and treatment who are:
    • Planning pregnancy
    • Seeking one-time medication consultation
    • Looking for treatment to maintain stability during pregnancy
  • Women struggling with unexpected pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage
  • Moms facing the challenges associated with children born with complex medical issues
  • Moms who deliver healthy babies and subsequently develop postpartum depression
  • Women who develop psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy
  • Pregnant or postpartum women with complicated medical or social issues who are experiencing emotional distress
  • Pregnant or postpartum teens

While nearly 80 percent of all new moms experience a mild form of depression and anxiety, commonly referred to as the "baby blues,” approximately 20 percent of new moms experience a perinatal mood, anxiety or mental health disorder.

Our team

Our team is composed of multidisciplinary groups of behavioral healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers and psychologists with an extensive background in behavioral health, reproductive mental health, and related women’s health issues. All team members work collaboratively to provide integrated treatment and coordinated care for all patients.

As an academic site for teaching and training future care providers, we incorporate state-of-the-art treatment and access to the latest advanced care. Members of the team are required to complete certification training by Postpartum Support International, a nationally recognized gold standard of training for the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. To provide the best possible patient care, providers collaborate with each patient's obstetrician and support system—whether that is family, other treatment providers, friends or loved ones—who may be important to the overall health and well-being of the mother and baby.

Together with each patient, we develop an individualized treatment plan which takes into consideration each individual’s unique needs and preferences, considering medical, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. In addition, due to being fully integrated with the greater health system, the teams are able to access a diverse array of services, as appropriate for each patient. The team’s overall goal is working together for optimal wellness for healthy mothers, healthy babies and healthy families.

Treatment types

The health system offers consultations and services to women who are:

  • Contemplating pregnancy and have concerns about their existing psychiatric disorders or treatments
  • Pregnant and are experiencing psychiatric symptoms or emotional distress
  • Experiencing symptoms of postpartum anxiety, depression or other concerns
  • Suffering from the challenges of a pregnancy loss, infertility, birth trauma, or a child born with complex medical issues

Treatment and interventions may include:

  • Initial telephone assessment
  • Standardized rating scales
  • Comprehensive evaluation for medication and therapy
  • Brief or long term individual therapy
    • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Supportive psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Marital therapy / Couples therapy
  • Medication management
  • Parent-child bonding coaching

Contact us

For more information about our programs or to receive a confidential evaluation and individualized recommendation, please call:

  • Suffolk County: (631) 608-MOMS (6667)
  • Nassau County: (516) 470-4MOM (4666)
  • Queens County: (718) 470-4MOM (4666)
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