Perinatal depression is an urgent issue. The term perinatal refers to the time period during and after pregnancy (postpartum). And the longer you wait to get help, the harder it can be to feel better.
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing symptoms of perinatal depression, please call Allegheny Health Network’s Women’s Behavioral Health at (412) 578-4030 for more information on the program. If you are interested in making a new patient appointment, please call (412) 526-9520.
If you fear you are in immediate danger, call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-784-2433.
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.
At AHN, we offer 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:
It can be hard to separate symptoms of perinatal depression from the normal tiredness and irritability that can come with pregnancy or postpartum. However, it’s important not to discount your feelings and get help so you can fully enjoy your pregnancy and new baby. Perinatal and postpartum depression symptoms can occur during pregnancy as well as postpartum commonly include:
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: