Postpartum Depression Day Hospital – Women & Infants Hospital
Faculty Supervisor(s): Margaret Howard, PhD & Shannon Erisman, PhD
The Postpartum Depression Day Hospital rotation is designed to introduce the clinical psychology resident to the recognition and treatment of perinatal psychiatric disorders. To this end, the clinical psychology resident/fellow will function as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in a partial hospital setting. The mission of this specialized partial hospital program is to provide timely, comprehensive and cost-effective treatment to women suffering from psychiatric disorders during both pregnancy and the postpartum period. The program is also designed to keep mothers and their infants together during treatment so that 1) the critical bonding period between mother and baby is not disrupted, 2) breastfeeding in nursing mothers in not interrupted and 3) we can directly observe how a mother’s illness affects interaction with her infant, while simultaneously fostering more positive attachment. The resident will be involved in all aspects of the treatment, initially as co-therapist, later independently—running groups, carrying individual psychotherapy caseload, conducting intake evaluations, family meetings, and treatment planning.