The birth of a baby is usually a time of immense joy, but some women suffer from mental health concerns before, during or after pregnancy.
- Women who are struggling with infertility may feel intense despair, anger and resentment.
- One in 7 women feel depressed, anxious or even angry while pregnant.
- 15%-20% of women feel like they’ve lost the ability to experience any emotions — or even a sense of connection or love for their newborn — after giving birth.
By taking part in the Maternal Mental Health intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Sierra Tucson, women who are attempting to conceive, are currently pregnant or have recently given birth can learn to manage the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that have been keeping them from living full, healthy lives.
About the Program
Mood disorders that occur throughout the pregnancy cycle and after you give birth can have a devastating impact on every aspect of your life. These conditions can disrupt your lifestyle, put a strain on your relationships and make it difficult to perform at work.
At Sierra Tucson, we understand how demanding a woman’s time is, even if they have a support system available. To provide as much flexibility and convenience as possible, we offer a virtual intensive outpatient program that specifically addresses prenatal depression, postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders.
Our Maternal Mental Health virtual IOP meets nine hours a week (three hours a day, three days a week) using a videoconferencing service like Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. You can take part from any location that is most convenient for you using any video-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone.
The typical length of program participation is 12-16 weeks, but your time in our virtual IOP will depend on the progress you’ve made toward your treatment goals.
Benefits of the Program
As with all programming at Sierra Tucson, we personalize the care you receive through our Maternal Mental Health virtual IOP. We take the time to gain a detailed understanding of how postpartum depression has been affecting your life, and then we create a customized plan of care based on that information. Key benefits of our virtual IOP include:
- A proprietary curriculum using evidence-based modalities
- Coordination of care with your primary care provider
- Coordination of care with your OB-GYN
Group therapy forms the basis of treatment in our Maternal Mental Health virtual IOP, providing a supportive environment where you can discuss your feelings and challenges with women who intimately understand the pain you’re experiencing.
The group environment can also help you realize that you are not alone in your struggles with troubling thoughts, feelings or behaviors throughout the processes of conception, pregnancy or after giving birth. The connections you make in group therapy can provide a support network that remains long after your time in our program.
We also offer several virtual add-on services, including individual therapy, couples counseling, a psychiatric assessment and medication management. A knowledgeable member of our team can help you identify the services and modalities that are best suited to your needs.
Specialized Care Team
If you’re suffering from depression, it’s critical for both you and your baby that you get immediate intervention.
The expert team at Sierra Tucson is specially trained in treating prenatal depression, postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. We have helped countless women who have struggled with these conditions process any unresolved trauma and identify the negative thoughts and beliefs that have been barriers to their recovery.
Our clinicians are committed to empowering mothers to regain control of their symptoms, helping them rebuild their confidence and self-esteem so that they can live the lives they deserve.