UNC opens first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit in U.S.

The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders have opened a 5-bed unit for women with moderate to severe post-partum depression (PPD). The unit is the first of its kind in the United States.

UNC opens first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit in U.S. click to enlarge Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, is Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders.

Media contact: Stephanie Crayton, 919-951-4758, scrayton@unch.unc.edu

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders have opened a 5-bed unit for women with moderate to severe post-partum depression (PPD). The unit is the first of its kind in the United States.

It is modeled after European mom-and-baby units. Ten to fifteen percent of women will have PPD, 5 percent of them will need specialized inpatient care. The new unit will have specialized programming for women during pregnancy and postpartum.

Services available in the new unit include:

•         Individualized assessment and treatment plans with a multidisciplinary team

•         Group therapies including behavioral, psycho-educational, art and mindfulness

•         Biofeedback therapy

•         Mother-infant attachment therapy

•         Family and partner assisted interpersonal psychotherapy

•         Therapeutic yoga geared for pregnancy and postpartum women

•         Protected sleep times

•         Extended visiting hours to maximize positive mother-baby interaction

•         Gliders for pumping and nursing in patient rooms

•         Hospital grade breast pumps, refrigeration and freezer storage

•         Lactation, Nutrition and Ob-Gyn consultants

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