Perinatal Outpatient Program (POP)
The Mother-Baby Perinatal Outpatient Program (POP), like the Mother-Baby Day Hospital, serves pregnant women and mothers of children ages 0-5 years old who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other emotional distress that make it difficult to:
- Function at home or at work
- Take care of themselves or their baby
- Bond and connect with their baby
How is POP different than the Mother-Baby Day Hospital?
POP is considered a step-down or less intensive option than the Mother-Baby Day Hospital. There are a few important differences:
- If medication consultation is needed, our staff will help get you connected with an outpatient psychiatrist.
- POP meets 2 hours per day, 3 days per week.
- Most women attend POP for 8-12 weeks. This is a longer program than the Mother-Baby Day Hospital.
How is POP similar to the Mother-Baby Day Hospital?
POP provides individualized treatment and is similar in the following ways:
- Mental health treatment supports women in their relationships, including the mother-baby relationship using Circle of Security-Parenting;
- A powerful aspect of the program is talking with other women who have similar experiences;
- Mothers with babies less than 12 months old are encouraged to bring their baby with them.
In the Mother-Baby Day Hospital and Perinatal Outpatient Program, we want all babies, pregnant women, and mothers to be protected and supported. For babies 3-12 months that come to group with their mothers, we ask that babies are up to date with the recommended schedule of vaccinations, as put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC. Review the recommended schedule. This policy only applies to mothers and babies participating in-person at the Mother-Baby Program.