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The Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children's Hospital Colorado supports pregnant women and women struggling with mood and anxiety issues after delivery, as well as their families. We provide evaluations for psychiatric and psychosocial concerns in the perinatal period along with group therapy and medication management.
Our team includes:
Research shows that nearly one in seven women experience mood or anxiety problems during pregnancy and after delivery. It is very common for moms to get the "baby blues," a two-week period where new mothers have mood swings, exhaustion, sleep problems and crying spells. If the baby blues worsen or last longer than two weeks after giving birth, a woman may have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, which are common and treatable.
The following may be signs of mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and after delivery:
The Healthy Expectations program is recognized as the Rocky Mountain leader in perinatal mood disorders treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. With options ranging from a free support group support to evidence-based mother-infant group psychotherapy, Healthy Expectations draws upon experts from various medical and mental health disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, nursing and social work.
When motherhood doesn't feel like you thought it would, you could be suffering from postpartum depression. We're here to help. Learn more about postpartum depression and anxiety signs and steps moms can take (.pdf).
Bearing Hope (.pdf) is a topic-based support group where pregnant women can connect, learn and find support as they navigate the complex path toward motherhood.
Mother-Infant Therapy Group is the cornerstone of our program. It is an evidence-based, 12-week psychotherapeutic group made up of three weekly parts: Mother's Group, Infant Developmental Stimulation Group and Mother-Baby Dyadic Group. Partners are also requested to join for two group sessions.
Mothers and Moods is a free weekly mom-to-mom support group offered to moms with postpartum issues who can't come to one of our psychotherapy groups due to insurance or scheduling issues. It is also open to women who have completed a psychotherapeutic group through the program and want to stay connected with other moms.
* Meets at Highlands Ranch Therapy Care Location
MAMAS Connect (.pdf) is a 12-week psychotherapeutic group where women struggling with depression or anxiety issues during the first year after delivery come together to connect, learn and find support as they navigate motherhood. The topic-based group sessions utilize a modified version of the Mother-Infant Therapy Group curriculum. Babies are encouraged to attend along with their mothers.
If desired, medication evaluation and management is provided for women participating in one of our psychotherapeutic services.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-864-5252 or email email@example.com.