Childbirth and Parenting Support

Yale New Haven Hospital's childbirth education program is dedicated to helping you and your family get off to the best start. Our maternity experts support you through pregnancy and beyond with innovative, affordable, educational resources and more.

Pregnancy can be a time of great excitement, anticipation and joy. It can also be overwhelming as you adjust to your new role, make parenting decisions and feel exhausted. The Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) Maternal Wellness Program is here to help you sort through these emotions and stressors. Our program’s licensed clinical social worker will provide you with support through your journey as a mother, to find relief from stress and any symptoms of perinatal mood, and anxiety disorders (PMAD) that may be present.

What are the symptoms of PMAD?

  • Feeling unlike yourself
  • Feeling completely overwhelmed
  • Regret
  • Difficulty sleeping (too much / not enough)
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty bonding with baby
  • Anger
  • Excessive worry or nervousness
  • Scary or intrusive thoughts
  • Increased tearfulness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability

If you are feeling increased stress or experiencing any signs or symptoms listed above, you are not alone and you can feel better.

The Maternal Wellness Program provides psychotherapy to women during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum, including:

  • Assessment
  • Screening
  • Psychoeducation
  • Individual therapy
  • Couples counseling as needed
  • Coordination of care and referrals

Our areas of focus:

  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family planning
  • Grief / loss
  • Life transitions / changes
  • Maternal stress
  • Parenting
  • Perinatal, pregnancy, postpartum issues
  • Trauma

Referrals to the Maternal Wellness Program can be submitted through your healthcare provider or you can call 203-688-9491 directly to set up an appointment. Once a referral is received, your initial appointment will be scheduled.

Most insurance is accepted and we will help verify your benefits.

Maternal Wellness Program
236 Boston Post Road
Suite 102
Orange, CT 06477

Healthy Start is a program designed for uninsured pregnant women and offers free medical care, labor, delivery, nursing care, medications, counseling and other related services.

This program provides support to pregnant women and children to age 2, including outreach, counseling and case management of clinical care.

For more information, please call 203-688-3223 or 203-688-9146.
New Haven WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program seeks to improve breastfeeding rates among women enrolled in any New Haven WIC site through personalized support and education. Peer counselors are women from the community who have successfully breastfed, and are able to provide education and support to others who are interested in breastfeeding. The program provides a comprehensive model of home, community and hospital-based breastfeeding promotion and support.

A board-certified lactation consultant is available to help with complex issues. Peer counseling support is provided in English and Spanish. Certified interpretation is available for additional languages.

For more information about the Peer Counseling Program, please call 203-688-3925.

Project MotherCare services is an innovative project to help improve access to healthcare to women and children. Patients are seen on a first come first served basis. Please have a copy of your child's immunization record for all WIC and physical visits.

  • Prenatal Care
  • GYN Care
  • Adult care
  • Pediatric Care
  • Immunizations
  • WIC
  • Social Services
  • HIV Counseling/testing


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