Usually, I don’t post twice in one day, but I got all excited stumbling on a Parenting.com article that talks about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Perinatal Mood Disorders Inpatient Program, an inpatient psychiatric unit, that opened last fall. This kind of facility is the very first inpatient psychiatric unit of its kind in this country specifically tailored to women suffering perinatal mood disorders. Since its opening, 200 women have already been discharged and inquiries have been coming in from all over the country.
It’s sooooo good to see we are following in the footsteps of England (and other parts of Europe) and Australia, countries that are years ahead of us with respect to postpartum support services, treatment protocols for perinatal mood disorders, and even the presence of psychiatric mother-baby room-in units. The establishment of an inpatient psychiatric unit dedicated to women suffering perinatal mood disorders is a groundbreaking development for this country, and my hope is that this is but the first of many, many other such centers! Word has it that Duke University is looking into establishing a similar program.