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Perinatal and Postpartum Depression 

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. Depression and anxiety are common complications of pregnancy and can occur before or after an individual has given birth. 

The Yale New Haven Hospital Maternal Wellness Program is here to help you sort through these emotions and stressors. Our program’s licensed clinical social workers 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 or postpartum depression that may be present.

If you are feeling increased stress or experiencing any signs or symptoms listed below, you are not alone. Our dedicated, specialized team of social workers are here to help you navigate your feelings and emotions. 

Symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder or postpartum depression

  • Feeling completely overwhelmed
  • Regret
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty bonding with baby
  • Anger
  • Excessive worry or nervousness
  • Scary or intrusive thoughts
  • Increased tearfulness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability

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

  • Assessment
  • Screening
  • Psychoeducation
  • Individual therapy
  • Couples counseling 
  • Collaboration and referrals, as needed

Our perinatal, pregnancy and postpartum areas of focus:

  • Adjustment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief / loss
  • Trauma

Day and evening appointments are available in-person in New Haven or Orange. Telehealth visits are also available. Most insurance accepted. 

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Maternal Wellness Program Provides Vital Mental Health Support

Many individuals experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, but some experience more significant symptoms of depression and anxiety.