First Postpartum Depression Clinic Opens Its Doors
Yesterday, a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill opened the country’s first freestanding perinatal psychiatry unit. According to NPR, the idea for the unit was inspired by Maria Bruno, a woman with severe postpartum depression. She was admitted to the hospital, but since there was no inpatient program for postpartum women, she was sent to the same ward that treats schizophrenics, drug addicts and dementia patients. She was put under suicide watch and had to attend group therapy (which was geared toward alcoholics and drug addicts) and take antidepressants. The new clinic specifically treats women with postpartum depression. Specially trained doctors, nurses, psychologists and other experts (including lactation consultants) are on hand to help mothers. There are group and individual therapy sessions, and nutrition and ob-gyn consultations, plus breast pumps and glider chairs for the moms to use. And since mom has to stay in the hospital, extended visiting hours are in place so that she and baby can interact and bond. The unit aims to address the specific needs of postpartum depression patients, and it seems to be drawing interest -- there reportedly have already been inquiries from potential patients and doctors from around the country.
What do you think of this new clinic? Is it a good idea? Should there be a push to open more clinics like this one?
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