Adjusting to the birth of a baby can be challenging. Making room for a new addition to the family, getting by on less sleep, helping siblings get used to their new little sister or brother: These are all typical hurdles many new mothers face. But for some women, pregnancy and childbirth bring emotional and psychological changes so overwhelming, they just don’t feel like themselves. They may be depressed, exhausted, weepy, and anxious. The Women’s Hospital’s Maternal Outreach Mood Services program offers counseling for expectant and new mothers in a suppor tive and nurturing environment, and helps restore the joy that motherhood can bring.
About Our Program
Between 10 and 20 percent of women experience prenatal or postpartum depression. Many new mothers spend a lot of time home alone with their little ones and may feel especially lonely and isolated. The Maternal Outreach Mood Services program offers a day treatment program that helps women understand that the depression and anxiety are not their fault, and that many women struggle with similar emotional challenges. The Maternal Outreach Mood Services program includes group, couples, and individual counseling to encourage the development of positive coping skills. Medication evaluation is also available. Some of the Maternal Outreach Mood Services groups even encourage the moms to bring their babies along. Most insurance plans cover the cost of the program. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.
The Maternal Outreach Mood Services program is a collaboration between the Women’s Hospital’s Maternal Child Health Services and El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services. The experienced, caring staff includes clinical nurse specialists, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists who have expertise in pregnancy and postpartum mood problems.
The Maternal Outreach Mood Services group program addresses topics including:
- Self-care (e.g., sleep, nutrition, exercise)
- Relaxation skills
- Realistic expectations of motherhood
- Communication with in-laws or relatives
- Couples conflict
- Enhancing mother-baby attachment
- Stress management
- Role transitions
In recognition that women during the perinatal period would occasionally benefit from a secured and more intensive treatment environment, El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Services has extended this specialized treatment to the inpatient setting. Learn more about our inpatient services.
Fees and Insurance
Most insurance plans cover the Maternal Outreach Mood Services program. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.
El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Services
2660 Grant Road, Suite D
Mountain View, CA 94040
If you are concerned that you might have prenatal/postpartum depression or anxiety, or if you are struggling with the transition to motherhood, please contact us for a complimentary consultation. Call 650-988-7841 or 866-789-6089 (toll-free).
If you are a health care provider who would like to refer a patient, please call toll-free at 866-789-6089.