Mental Health During and After Pregnancy
The Perinatal Behavioral Health Integration (Peri-BHI) program is a short-term telehealth program that provides behavioral or mental health services to pregnant and postpartum patients.
Mental health conditions like depression and anxiety are very common during pregnancy and after birth. These health conditions can lead to health problems during pregnancy and birth, and impact both the pregnant person and their family.
The Peri-BHI program can support mental health during pregnancy up to 1 year after birth. The program:
- Looks for mental health concerns among pregnant and postpartum patients at Henry Ford Health.
- Connects pregnant and postpartum patients with mental health concerns to treatment and support options at Henry Ford Health and the local community.
- Medication management: the team works together to make sure patients with mild to moderate mental health concerns are taking the right medicine.
- Therapy services: this includes individual and group therapy though video visits through MyChart.
- Teresa Ann Boles, Ph.D., LLP, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC- MAC,
- Margaret Little, LMSW
- Jaquelyn Buffo, LPC, CAADC
Medication Management Services:
- Wendy Corriveau, BSN, MSN, PMHNP-BC,
- Sara Mertz, CNM (Perinatal Outreach, Support and Treatment (POST))
- Tiwalola Osunfisan, MD
Perinatal and infant loss support resources
- Education on safe sleep for babies, as well as support for families who experienced infant death
- Support for families who experienced stillbirth, miscarriage, and sudden infant death
- Support for families grieving child loss
- Support for families who choose to terminate or end a pregnancy due to serious health conditions
Mental health and wellness resources
- Mental health support for new and expecting parents and families. Resources include online support groups and loss and grief resources
- Resource center for up-to-date scientific information
- For parents and expecting parents to create their own self-care plan to be better prepared to attend to their own wellness needs
- Tips and skills on how to better handle situations through radical acceptance, self-soothing techniques, and distraction
- H3 (Healthy You, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby) program - a free and voluntary brief program to promote health and wellness during pregnancy
- ROSES (Reach Out, stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns) - A 5-class program that provides education on postpartum depression as well as teaches skills in communication, stress management, problem-solving, role transition and improving social support.
- When needed, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) for 24/7, free, confidential support, resources, and referrals from professional counselors for pregnant and postpartum individuals facing mental health challenges
For more information about the program, please talk to your Women’s Health provider or email us.