Reproductive Psychiatry

<p>Reproductive Psychiatry</p>

The Women's Place

Dedicated to women's reproductive health

For many women, the hormonal changes that take place during the reproductive years can trigger emotional symptoms as well as physical. If you find yourself suffering from mood or psychiatric conditions related to your reproductive cycle, during pregnancy, postpartum, or perimenopause, we can help.

The Women’s Place is one of only a handful of programs in the United States dedicated to the care and treatment of women’s reproductive mental health. We work closely with other specialists throughout Baylor College of Medicine to better understand and improve women’s mental health issues related to the reproductive cycle – and the impact on their children and families. With our combined expertise in psychiatry and OB/GYN, we understand what you are going through and offer the specialized, expert care you need.

Normal 'Baby Blues' or Postpartum Depression?

Giving birth is an emotional experience that can leave you feeling down, overwhelmed and exhausted. Studies show that about 80 percent of all new mothers get “the blues” soon after giving birth.

However, if you’re feeling more than just the blues and feelings of depression last more than two weeks, tell family members and ask for help. Research has revealed that 10% to 20% of new mothers experience more serious postpartum symptoms.

If you are worried you are going to hurt your baby and need immediate help, put your baby down in a safe place, walk out of the room and call your physician, a family member or friend.

Getting Help

Taking care of your baby means taking care of yourself. While it may be hard with a newborn, getting enough sleep, eating right and exercising regularly can have a positive impact on your mental health. Know that help is always available if you need it. If you find yourself feeling depressed or overwhelmed by your new role as a mother and it’s interfering with your ability to care for your baby, talk to your physician about a treatment that’s right for you.

For parenting advice on a variety of issues, call our experts at the Texas Children’s Parent Advice Line at 832-824-1777.

For urgent needs, call the Hope Line at 1-800-PPD-MOMS (1-800-773-6667), a free, confidential resource for postpartum depression, or check out the website for Postpartum Support International (PSI) for information and help in your area.