First Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit now open at UNC

UNC's free-standing Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will accommodate up to five patients and have specialized programming for women during pregnancy and postpartum. It is located on 4th floor of the Neurosciences Hospital.

Services will include the following:

  • 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.


Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH is the Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, part of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Referrals can be made by calling the Psychiatry Admissions Office at 919-966-8721. There will be a Grand Opening Event on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Neurosciences Hospital Lobby.

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