Postpartum Depression Prevention Program

Women with a history of postpartum depression or other psychiatric history are at risk for symptoms of depression or anxiety after childbirth. At The Postpartum Stress Center we have found that one of the best strategies for intervention is to build and sustain a sufficient support program during pregnancy which includes a plan for the immediate postpartum period. Comprehensive history taking and screening & assessment tools are used to develop an individual plan that is customized to maximize woman’s postpartum outcome.

If you have a history of depression or postpartum depression/anxiety, you will be encouraged to meet with us either prior to or during their pregnancy. Typically, this would be toward the end of your pregnancy, unless you are experiencing symptoms that require attention.

Careful assessment will be made to determine the best course of action in order to prepare for your postpartum period and reduce the likelihood of PPD.  Your partner will be encouraged to participate in this preparation.

Steps include:

  1. Baseline assessment during pregnancy. (We do ask that you bring information regarding any previous treatment for PPD/A and any questions you have!)
  2. Exploration of coping strategies and support plan.
  3. Both partners will be asked to complete The Postpartum Pact.
  4. Follow-up visit toward end of the pregnancy with partner present to prepare for postpartum period.
  5. Therapist will contact mom upon notification that baby has been born in order to assess early adjustment.
  6. Appointment will be made as soon as mom feels up to coming into the office. With or without partner/baby.
  7. One-time consultation with Karen Kleiman, Director of The Postpartum Stress Center, is available if requested by the family.
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