The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders have opened a 5-bed unit for women with moderate to severe post-partum depression (PPD). The unit is the first of its kind in the United States.
It is modeled after European mom-and-baby units. Ten to fifteen percent of women will have PPD, 5 percent of them will need specialized inpatient care. The new unit will have specialized programming for women during pregnancy and postpartum.
Services available in the new unit include:
• Individualized assessment and treatment plans with a multidisciplinary team
• Group therapies including behavioral, psycho-educational, art and mindfulness
• Biofeedback therapy
• Mother-infant attachment therapy
• Family and partner assisted interpersonal psychotherapy
• Therapeutic yoga geared for pregnancy and postpartum women
• Protected sleep times
• Extended visiting hours to maximize positive mother-baby interaction
• Gliders for pumping and nursing in patient rooms
• Hospital grade breast pumps, refrigeration and freezer storage
• Lactation, Nutrition and Ob-Gyn consultants