July 29, 2014 - The new Adult Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic is now open! It is located at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Main Campus on the seventh floor. The clinic is designed to help women plan healthy pregnancies and follow the patient through the pregnancy and post-partum period. The focus of the clinic is to plan a healthy pregnancy for women with pre-existing psychiatric disorders and/or women who take psychotropic medications. Consultations and treatment planning and short term counseling are some of the services provided.
The perinatal psychiatry clinic focuses on:
- Women with psychiatric disorders and/or women on psychotropic meds who arecurrently pregnant, or trying to conceive within the next 3 months.
- Women who are postpartum within 6 months of delivery and breastfeeding.
- Patients should preferably be under the care of Ob/Gyn during the pregnancy and a team approach will be established for the care of the patient and baby to ensure best outcomes for all involved.
This includes consultation about how to minimize risks of psychiatric medications while trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, and about alternatives to medication. This also includes assessing a woman's risk for postpartum depression or anxiety before or during pregnancy, and forming a plan to reduce this risk.
For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Adult Perinatal Psychiatric Clinic webpage.