The first inpatient facility providing specialty care for women suffering from perinatal mood disorders in the United States, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Perinatal Mood Disorders Inpatient Unit has been newly renovated. It opens on Monday, August 15th, and celebrates its Grand Opening on September 15th.
It is completely free-standing and includes 5 patient beds (private and semi-private). Infants are encouraged to visit for as long as possible, but may not stay overnight, since sleep times for the mothers are extremely important for recovery. The treatment team is comprised of highly trained doctors, nurses, psychologists, midwives, social workers, and other therapists who work together to create individualized treatment plans.
Please click here to visit the program’s website for more details, click here for today’s NPR article on it, click here for Susan Dowd Stone’s blog post on this one-of-a-kind program, and click here for my November 2009 blog post about this facility. It is the only inpatient unit that specializes in perinatal mood disorders in this country.
We desperately need more of these!