THE MOTHERHOOD Day Program
1 in 7 women will suffer from a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. Fortunately, these symptoms are very treatable if they are appropriately diagnosed and managed with the right care.
In some cases, outpatient therapy and/or medication is enough to reduce symptoms and effectively treat a woman that is struggling with the transition to motherhood. However, in many cases this level of care is not sufficient, and she may require a more intensive treatment plan focused on getting her well.
The Motherhood Day Program is a safe, comforting space for pregnant and postpartum women who are dealing with moderate to severe postpartum depression, anxiety or a similar perinatal mood disorder. Each day involves a holistic treatment approach including individual and group therapy, yoga, meditation, education and a lot of support. The program includes and on-site nursery for your infant and experts in mother-infant attachment.
Each mother is given a unique plan to treat her episode of depression and/or anxiety and to help her get better. As quickly as possible.
Would I benefit from the Motherhood Day Program?
Usually, the first step in assessing suitability for our Day Program is a 90-minute assessment with a reproductive psychiatrist that specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or a similar assessment with a therapist or psychologist. The aim of this initial consult is to get your medical and social history, learn about your symptoms, and come up with a strategy for your treatment plan. A treatment plan may include outpatient care, support groups, medication, or the Motherhood Day Program.
Patients who benefit from the Motherhood Day Program typically experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Prolonged and intense feelings of anxiety and/or depression
- Feelings of hopelessness, that 'things will never get better'
- Difficulty getting through daily activities that used to feel much easier
- Not sleeping or sleeping more than usual, not eating or eating more than usual
- Fears and doubts regarding your ability to provide care for your infant
- Scary and intrusive thoughts including hurting herself or the baby
What does the Motherhood Day Program involve?
The Motherhood Center’s Day Program runs Monday - Friday from 9:45AM until 2:45PM. Each day is a combination of therapeutic support, process and education groups, along with alternative interventions including yoga, mindfulness and meditation, art therapy and more. For an example of our weekly schedule, click HERE.
We have an on-site nursery staffed by seasoned infant care professionals, and new moms are strongly encouraged to bring their babies with them to the program. Mother-infant dyadic specialists are on-site to help strengthen the bond between mom and baby. Pregnant women also participate in the Motherhood Day Program, and the milieu of new and expecting moms contributes to a nurturing and collaborative community of peer support.
Each woman is followed by an individual therapist and reproductive psychiatrist while participating in the Motherhood Day Program to ensure a comprehensive treatment team.
What is the success rate?
Fortunately, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are highly treatable, over a short period of time. Treatment is generally 10-20 days, during which time most women show significant improvement. To measure self-reported anxiety and depression, we used the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS), which is scored between 0 and 30, with 12.5 signifying a likely episode of depression. At intake our average patient EPDS score is over 20 and at discharge it is less than 10.
Will I be able use my insurance?
We are currently out-of-network with most insurance plans, however we work with each patient to find an affordable option. Additionally, for our patients in the Motherhood Day Program we are usually able to negotiate a Single Case Agreement with your insurance carrier, even if your plan doesn’t have out-of-network benefits. See here for more detail.
What are women who have participated in the Motherhood Day Program saying about it?
"Thank you so much for all of your help, support and expertise over these past 2 months. You saw me through the most challenging time in my life with kindness, patience and non-judgmental support, and my daughter, my husband and I am all better because of it. I am so grateful that you started this program, which not only helped me, but I know it will help countless other moms in the future. I am so relieved to be feeling better and really can’t thank you enough!!"
"I’m so amazed and inspired by your ability to listen, question and offer support. I needed that so badly, and appreciate so deeply that you helped me begin to heal. It was a scary time and I’m sure it will continue to be a struggle, but your help, and everyone at the Motherhood Center gave me hope. I respect what you do and the strength that it takes so very much. Thank you so much! My daughter and I are so lucky to have had you come into our lives. With love and gratitude."
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a safe place to feel heard and supported and recover. The Motherhood Center has given me my life back. I’m so grateful for the intensive day program and all the treatment I’ve received!"