Maternal Outreach Mood Services

Maternal Outreach Mood Services

The Maternal Outreach Mood Services (MOMS) Program at El Camino Hospital offers education, counseling and evaluation for expectant and new mothers in a supportive, nurturing environment.
Adjusting to the birth of a baby can be challenging. Getting by on less sleep, learning to breast feed, helping siblings get used to a new baby — these are all hurdles that 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, and anxious. The MOMS Program is designed to help restore the joy that motherhood can bring. 

When to Seek Help

The symptoms of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety are similar to the signs of non-pregnancy-related depression and anxiety disorders, but they can also include:
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Feeling alone and isolated, or feeling numb or disconnected from your baby.
  • Having troubling or negative thoughts about your baby or worrying that you’ll hurt him or her.
  • Feeling concerned that you can’t be a good mother or ashamed that you’re unable to care for your baby.

Support for Expectant and New Moms

Between 10 and 20 percent of women experience prenatal or postpartum depression and anxiety. Many new mothers spend a lot of time home alone with their little ones and may feel especially lonely and isolated. The MOMS Program offers a day treatment program that helps women understand that the depression and anxiety aren’t their fault, and that many women struggle with similar emotional changes after the birth of a baby.

The MOMS Program includes individual, couples and group counseling to encourage the development of positive coping skills. Medication evaluation is also available. 

Some MOMS groups even encourage mothers to bring their babies — who aren’t crawling yet — along. Group sessions cover topics that are especially valuable for new mothers, including: 
  • Self-care – Proper sleep, nutrition and exercise.
  • Stress management – Techniques to help you relax and manage stress.
  • Setting expectations – Setting realistic expectations of motherhood.
  • Communicating with family – Tools for handling conflict with your spouse and managing your roles as parents, and techniques for communicating with in-laws and relatives.
  • Mother-baby bonding – Enhancing the mother-baby attachment. 

We also offer a variety of classes to help expectant and new mothers prepare for and embrace motherhood.

The MOMS Program is a collaborative effort between maternal health services and behavioral health services at El Camino Hospital. The experienced, caring staff includes clinical nurse specialists, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists who have expertise in pregnancy and postpartum mood problems.

Talk to Someone

Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental Health Assessment

Find out if this program is right for you or someone you know. Call 650-988-8468 or 866-789-6089 to schedule a free, confidential assessment.

Insurance & Fees

Most insurance plans cover the cost of care for the MOMS Program. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees. Visit billing information and mental health insurance information for more information.