Counseling, Psychiatric Care, and Support for Women
At the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, women can find perinatal mental health services (also known as maternal mental health) for a variety of needs they may experience throughout their lives. Our team provides support and expertise to women who are experiencing many different types of mental health struggles:
Types of Perinatal Mental Health Services
No matter what symptoms you may be experiencing, we can help. We offer the following treatment options to get you the support and care you need:
Our Perinatal Mental Health Services are located at our Downtown Behavioral Health Clinic and Farmington Behavioral Health Clinic. Our team of qualified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers will provide you with individual therapy and medication management.
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We offer specialty care for women suffering from perinatal mental health disorders, which occur immediately before or after a baby’s birth. Our perinatal psychiatric team provides specialized care to women who are pregnant or who have given birth within the past 18 months.
Partner or family involvement is an integral part of treatment. We also encourage families to bring infants when visiting their loved ones in inpatient treatment to support maternal bonding and family contact. However, protected sleep is a key factor in the recovery process so infants will not stay overnight.
Our team of highly trained doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and expressive therapists work together to create individualized treatment plans and comprehensive care:
- Wellness planning
- Dedicated space for pumping, nursing, and family visitation
- Protected sleep times
- Extended visiting hours to maximize positive mother-baby interaction
- Hospital-grade breast pumps and refrigeration for breast milk
Family and partner assisted psychotherapy/team meetings
Nutrition consultation, as needed
(Please note that women with complicated pregnancies or third trimester pregnancies will receive services in our Inpatient Medical Psychiatry unit due to their need for increased medical supervision).
We accept most commercial insurance plans and offer self-pay rates.
Find a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist
Infertility & Mental Health
Infertility has a profound impact on a person’s physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and financial health. and on the person as a whole. The longer the situation persists, the more difficult it may be for fertility patients to navigate their emotions.
The most common mental health concerns reported by fertility patients are symptoms of:
In fact, more patients report symptoms of anxiety and depression when the medical treatments for conception are more physically intrusive.
Types of Therapies
Our mental health professionals guide patients through grief and loss and help them confront numerous possible medical decisions. We provide patients with a safe space to process the emotions they are experiencing and tools to reduce any signs of stress, depression, and anxiety. These tools may include:
- cognitive behavioral strategies,
- mind-body connection and the relaxation response,
- positive coping skills training, and
- healthy communication skills.
Communication skills training and couples counseling helps reduce any stress that infertility inflicts on marital and non-marital relationships.
NICU Mothers Support Group
It can feel scary, isolating, and lonely to have a newborn in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), but you do not have to experience this on your own. The first step is to seek out others that will understand, offer guidance, and help you navigate one of the hardest moments of your life. Approximately 70 percent of mothers of NICU infants will experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD) including postpartum PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Our support group offers many great benefits for NICU parents:
- Meeting others at various stages of NICU life
- Support with navigating your time in the NICU
- Support from those that have since graduated the NICU
- Led by a NICU/and other ICU survivor
- Exploration of feelings and emotions surrounding live in the NICU
- Resources available to ask for additional help
- Support advocating for your needs and your baby’s needs.
Email us for group times and enrollment information: MaternalMentalHealth@hsc.utah.edu
Free Postpartum Support Group
Our Perinatal Mental Health program is offering a drop-in support group for expecting and new mothers seeking peer support within a confidential and safe space. This participant-driven group is facilitated by mental health and social work master's level students.
Weekly discussion topics may include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Balancing motherhood with other life roles
- Sex and sexuality
- Body image
- Social support/social life changes
- Emotional/spiritual changes
- Decision making as a parent/partner
- Change in spousal relationship
- Financial pressures/budgeting
- Everyday stresses and pressures of being a mom
We host meetings every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 12 pm via Zoom. A link will be sent to you after registration. To register or find out more information, email us at: MaternalMentalHealth@hsc.utah.edu