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Perinatal mental health

Mental health assessment, treatment and referrals for pregnant and postpartum women.

Perinatal mental health professionals consult with primary care providers to help them respond to the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum women.

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What is perinatal mental health?

Perinatal mental health services help pregnant and postpartum women who have mental health concerns. We provide:

  • consultation services for obstretrician-gynecologists, midwives, family medicine practitioners and other primary care providers
  • assessment and short-term treatment for women who are referred for mental health services
  • referral as needed to community resources and long-term mental health treatment

Perinatal mental health at Allina Health

We help providers with questions about:

  • mental health assessments and referrals
  • prescribing psychiatric medications to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • connections to community resources

Our services can help women who are coping with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • emotional distress
  • relationship stress or conflict

What do the services focus on?

Perinatal Mental Health services focus on short-term treatment.

If you are referred to our service, you will be evaluated by our team, who determines the best way to help you. We work with your primary care care provider to address your needs and develop a treatment plan. If needed, we will refer you to longer term psychiatric care or other appropriate treatment.

Good to know about perinatal mental health

Talk to your obstetric provider promptly if you have mental health concerns during your pregnancy or during your postpartum recovery.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, seek help immediately. Contact:

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Source: Allina Health Mental Health and Addiction Services
Reviewed by: Erin Metzger, RN

First published: 2/25/2020
Last reviewed: 2/25/2020