Maternal Wellness Program

After giving birth to a new baby, it is not uncommon for new moms to experience postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Many women have heard the term, but may not actually know what it is.

What is postpartum depression and anxiety?

The birth of a baby can trigger a tidal wave of emotions, but it can also result in symptoms that new mothers may not expect. If you are experiencing several of the following for longer than two weeks, you may be experiencing a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder:

  • Anxiety, panic or excessive worry
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Difficulty doing daily tasks
  • Difficulty feeling a connection to your baby
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Extreme fatigue not explained by sleep pattern changes due to caring for a baby
  • Fearful of being alone or leaving the house
  • Feelings of guilt or inadequacy
  • Feeling regret for having a baby
  • Hopelessness
  • Intrusive thoughts related to the baby
  • Isolating from friends or family
  • Lack of pleasure in things that usually give you joy
  • Persistent sadness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Unexplained anger or irritability

Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders may be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors, but it’s important to understand that these are considered a common complication of pregnancy and childbirth.

About the Maternal Wellness Program

We created the Maternal Wellness Program specifically to help mothers experiencing the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety. There is no reason to suffer in silence.

We offer treatment to women who have depression or anxiety within the postpartum period. Mothers are highly encouraged to bring their baby with them to treatment.

Our program is comprehensive and includes the following individualized care:

  • Intensive outpatient option (3 days a week) or,
  • Partial hospitalization option (5 days a week)
  • Evidence based approach
  • Group therapy
  • Coping skills
  • Family relationship issues
  • Mother and baby attachment
  • Reflective Parenting
  • Self and baby care skills
  • Symptom management
  • Transitioning into motherhood
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Creative arts therapy
  • Mindfulness/ Relaxation/ Yoga Practice
  • Lactation and dietary support
  • Medication management

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided

Meet our team:

Our multidisciplinary, compassionate team consists of licensed psychotherapists, educators, nurses and a board certified reproductive psychiatrist.

From left to right:

Smadar Rubinsky, LCSW, licensed program therapist

Dawn Krikyan, RN, PsyD, licensed program therapist

Lilit Pogosian MD, medical director

Welcome to the Maternal Wellness Program at Huntington Hospital. Our intensive outpatient program offers a safe, supportive and engaging environment for new mothers to receive the assistance they desire and, often, urgently need.

The treatment team includes a reproductive psychiatrist and postpartum therapists with extensive training in maternal mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Our mission aims to decrease the stigma attached to difficulties mothers face in the postpartum period. Our program helps mothers feel supported, empowered, and more confident in their parenting abilities, while working to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety with evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

We believe the transition to motherhood to be a major life developmental stage and worthy of great attention. A mother’s emotional and mental health is as important as her physical health. Mothers do not need to face this alone. The Maternal Wellness Program treatment team is here to help. ” – Dr. Pogosian

If you think you might be experiencing a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, you are not alone: Considered the number one complication of childbirth, 1 in 7 new mothers suffer from a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.

These illnesses can manifest any time during pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth. When left untreated, they can cause short and long-term consequences for the mother, her baby as well as their family.

Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs are covered by most major insurance companies as a mental health benefit.

Free support group: First Thursday of each month 10 - 11 a.m., please call prior to attending.

Free pregnancy support group: Second Thursday of each month 10 - 11 a.m., please call prior to attending.

For more information on our program, please call: (626) 397-2330 or email dawn.krikyan@huntingtonhospital.com or smadar.rubinsky@huntingtonhospital.com

For information on our Professional Workshops, please call: (626) 397-2330

Testimonials:

“While I wish didn’t have the feelings and experiences of postpartum depression and anxiety I am so very grateful that I was able to attend the maternal wellness program. From the very first day I no longer felt totally alone. PPD is by no means a “quick fix” but with the help of the program I feel that I was able to start addressing not only my feelings at the time but their deeper meaning and relationship to my life. It is hard work but very worthwhile. When it was time for me to leave the program I felt that I was able to function safely, and effectively as both a parent and a partner in my marriage.” -Eloise R.

“I didn't know what to expect when I entered the Maternal Wellness Program. I was vulnerable and overwhelmed. I never thought I could get PPD. It was a life altering experience for me. Dawn K. was with me and my family throughout this PPD journey and I can't thank her enough. She made us feel comfortable and safe. I'm eternally grateful to my ob-gyn who referred me to the program. There aren't enough of these resources out there – this program allows you to bring your baby and spouse for couples therapy services if needed. If you need help, seek help – it's available and don't be afraid to ask, our mental well-being is important for our children. I have not hesitated to recommend this program, I hope it helps you the way it has helped me.”

Eternally grateful,

The grey cloud has been lifted, first time mom

Valentina

“For me as a first time mom, post-partum care was as vital as pre-natal care, but it seems much less prevalent or even understood - it is amazing that a program like this exists and I wish it was required for all women who give birth. I was suffering from very intense post-partum depression and anxiety, and this program helped me spring back to life so quickly, I don't know what I would have done without it. It is a place where moms can really get the care they need, when they are often used to taking care of everyone but themselves.” – Jessica

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