'To learn more about our program, call (801) 268-7438

Hope and Help for Pregnant and New Moms

St. Mark's Hospital Behavioral Health Services offers an Intensive Outpatient Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program for issues such as postpartum depression for pregnant women and new mothers.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that affects some women shortly after childbirth. It is not uncommon for women to experience temporary mood disorders after giving birth. If it goes on for more than 2 weeks, it is called postpartum depression. The cause of postpartum depression is unclear. The cause may be related to sudden hormonal changes during and after delivery. Untreated thyroid conditions may also be associated with postpartum depression.

Signs and Symptoms

About 15 to 20% of women will experience some form of postpartum depression or perinatal mood disorder. Postpartum depression and anxiety can affect a new mother at any time, up to one year after the baby is born. Postpartum depression differs from the “baby blues” in that symptoms last longer than the first three weeks.

Symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability/anger
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Suicidal ideation

Outpatient Postpartum Program

The program’s goal is to assist improvement in:

  • Parent/infant attachment
  • Emotional management
  • Health and wellness
  • Coping skills
  • Mindfulness/relaxation
  • Healthy relationships

The program includes:

  • Psychosocial evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Group therapy
  • Family sessions and support
  • Lactation support

If you or someone you know has been experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety for more than two weeks, or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with daily routines. it is important to seek help now. Anyone can make a referral. Simply dial (801) 268-7438 to speak with a specialist.