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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Why Treat Pregnant Women?

During her time as an ob/gyn intern, Dr. Davies met many patients with psychiatric symptoms that were unable to access care—either because their obstetrician did not know how to treat their psychiatric conditions or because their psychiatrist did not feel comfortable treating them while they were pregnant or nursing. She felt that the medical establishment should have been doing more for this vulnerable population. It has become more and more apparent over the last decade that mental health symptoms during pregnancy can have very negative effects on babies that can last for their entire lifetimes and yet, many mental health providers still refuse to treat these patients due to lack of understanding or fear. Many patients stop their medications during pregnancy, because they think they are supposed to, but then are scared of postpartum depression not realizing that the number one risk factor for postpartum depression is depression during pregnancy. Both depression and anxiety can be harmful to pregnancies causing lasting effects on the baby and increasing the frequency of pregnancy complications. The philosophy at Dyad Mental Health is that even pregnant women deserve quality mental health care and that it is imperative to keep the mother as mentally stable as possible during pregnancy to decrease risk to the baby she is carrying. When Dr. Davies cares for any patient, but especially pregnant patients, her number one focus is providing an accurate diagnosis and then educating about the risk(s) of treatment as well as the risk(s) of not treating using information from evidenced based studies and from experts in the field of reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Davies has cared for hundreds of pregnant and postpartum women so is often able to anticipate issues that may arise during and after pregnancy, such as : how social support can be helpful, how breastfeeding may affect the postpartum course, how to get time for self care as a parent of small children, stressors that might arise with older children, how trauma or adverse childhood experiences may complicate parenting as well as many other issues.

Additional Resources

Resources on the Web


MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

www.womensmendalhealth.org


Perinatal Support Washington

http://perinatalsupport.org/


Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support

https://www.swedish.org/locations/center-for-perinatal-bonding-and-support


Postpartum Support International

https://www.postpartum.net/

Why Dyad?