Maternal Mental Health
Peripartum care is care during the time before, during and after childbirth. At The University of Kansas Health System, our team of board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians provides the most up-to-date, evidence-based peripartum mental healthcare at one of the nation’s best hospitals.
Up to 1 in every 5 women will suffer from a maternal mental health disorder related to pregnancy, but less than 15% will receive treatment.
As a collaborative care model across obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and psychiatry, patients and referring providers have access to support before, during and after childbirth for improved mental healthcare.
Maternal mental health conditions treated
Biological, psychological and social factors can lead to a range of conditions including:
- Baby blues
- Bipolar disorder
- Depression (including pregnancy/postpartum depression)
- Family history of peripartum mental health disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Maternal mental health services
Prenatal mental health disorders are a leading cause for preterm delivery and fetal demise (stillbirth). Untreated mental health disorders estimate a cost to society of $14.2 billion annually in the U.S. However, the risks for mental health disorders can be mitigated with proactive, collaborative care including:
- Maternal-fetal medicine expertise
- Medication management
- Referring provider consultations, including medication recommendations
- Subspecialized psychiatry
- Telehealth and in-person provider consultation
- Treatment plans for management in the primary care setting
- Women’s health specialized social workers
- And more