How to get immediate help
Perinatal depression is an urgent issue. And the longer you wait to get help, the harder it can be to feel better. If you fear you are in immediate danger, call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2443).
You can also call Resolve Crisis Services at 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226). Resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service. It's free to all residents of Allegheny County, regardless of your ability to pay.
Intensive perinatal / postpartum outpatient therapy at AHN
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing symptoms of perinatal / postpartum depression, please call your obstetrician, primary care doctor, or AHN Women’s Behavioral Health at 412-578-4030.
AHN is one of the few facilities in the country that offers intensive, outpatient mother-baby therapy the first one in the region. Here, you can get the help you need without leaving your baby — they can come with you. These sessions meet for three hours per day, three times a week at West Penn Hospital.
This intensive postpartum therapy can lead to quicker recovery, and help you bond with your baby. While meeting with our specialists, you will learn ways to foster the healthy development of your baby as well as activities that promote early literacy. Our staff also offers classes on infant care and lactation support, helping you feel strong and empowered.
During intensive outpatient treatment, our women’s behavioral health professionals lead sessions that include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT emphasizes the link between thoughts and feelings. It involves identifying patterns of negative thinking and developing more helpful patterns.
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT): This type of therapy focuses on the link between your mood and interpersonal relationships. IPT therapists help you understand how your mood can impact your relationships. Our staff will help you learn new ways to effectively communicate and solve problems.
- Dialectical behavior therapy: This type of therapy helps you learn new emotional regulation techniques to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.
- Group therapy: Here, you’ll be able to share your experiences and brainstorm solutions with other moms. A women’s behavioral health specialist leads the sessions.
- Medication management: You’ll have ongoing, regular access to a perinatal psychiatrist who can prescribe and manage medications.
Perinatal & postpartum depression services at AHN
AHN, offers comprehensive, ongoing women’s behavioral health services throughout your pregnancy and for a year postpartum. Women who choose AHN for behavioral health services benefit from:
- A unique mother-baby intensive outpatient program: AHN is one of the few hospitals in the country to offer intensive mother-baby outpatient treatment for postpartum depression. It’s the first such program in the area, taking place at West Penn Hospital. You can bring your baby with you to sessions, so you can continue to bond while you receive care.
- Trusted expertise: At AHN, our women’s behavioral health specialists have received training in pediatrics, as well as adolescent and adult psychiatry. This means we can work with you as both a patient and as a parent.
- Comprehensive psychological therapy: Our staff offers hour-long, weekly therapy sessions for depression. We also treat other common postpartum disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and panic.
- Pregnancy & childbirth classes: Families can attend classes on a range of topics, including infant massage, breastfeeding, and infant care. Being educated helps alleviate anxiety and provides support. Check out our pregnancy & childbirth classes.
- Regular mood disorder screenings: We will routinely screen you for depression throughout your pregnancy and after you give birth. Our obstetrics team works closely with our women’s behavioral health staff for comprehensive, coordinated care. In addition to simply screening for depression, we’re also vigilant about screening for other common pregnancy and postpartum illnesses, like bipolar disorder.
- Rapid treatment: When you’re depressed or suffering from another mood disorder, you don’t want to wait for help. If you screen positive for a mood disorder, you’ll be contacted by our staff within 2 business days and receive an intake appointment with a clinician.