New Mommy Blues

May 3, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Welcoming a baby is supposed to be a joyous time for new moms, but can often be impacted by mood swings, sadness and other upsetting symptoms. To address these concerns, Mercy started a Mother Baby Intensive Outpatient Program, for women with perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression in 2018. Since the program began, more than 100 moms have benefitted from it. 

The program, for women ages 18 and up during pregnancy and up to one year after giving birth, offers a supportive environment giving mothers a chance to talk with others who face similar challenges. Moms will participate in treatment support group and meet individually with a psychiatrist, therapist and care team providers to set treatment goals and an aftercare plan.

“We know some women struggle after having a baby,” said Trish Geldbach, RN, vice president of women’s services at Mercy. “It can be a difficult time and even harder when you don’t know where to turn. Mercy is known for welcoming babies into the world, and we want moms to know they can turn to us for their therapy needs as well.”

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Erin Poniewaz, NCC, explains the difference between baby blues and more severe maternal mental issues.

The program will offer education on self-care (including nutrition counseling), mother/baby bonding, lactation consultation and support, infant soothing, personal insight and coping strategies. Moms will attend three days a week for approximately one month, with follow-up care and therapy if needed. Babies are welcome; childcare assistance will be provided for infants during individual sessions.

Referrals can come from any doctor but patients can self-refer. Placement into the program is decided on a case-by-case basis. 

Mercy accepts most insurance plans for behavioral health, but co-pays and deductibles may vary. The program and visits will take place at Mercy Behavioral Health, 970 Executive Parkway in Creve Coeur.

For more information, please call 314-628-6500.  

Sarah Barski shares her story and experience with the program.

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