UNC Hospitals Opens First U.S. Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry Unit
The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Women's Mood Disorders Program partnered to open a five-bed unit for women with moderate to severe postpartum depression, or PPD. The inpatient unit opened this fall and is the first of its kind in the U.S.
Studies show that 10-15 percent of women experience PPD, and approximately 5 percent of those women will need specialized inpatient care. The new unit offers individualized treatment plans with a multidisciplinary approach. Treatments offered include biofeedback therapy, mother-infant attachment therapy, family- and partner-assisted interpersonal psychotherapy, protected sleep times and therapeutic yoga. Lactation, nutrition and obstetric-gynecologic consulting is also available in the unit, which is located in the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
For more information on the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders and the postpartum depression unit, call 919-966-9640.