Perinatal Mood Disorder

The birth of a baby should be a joyful time, yet for some women it can bring feelings of deep uncertainty, anxiety, confusion and a range of many other emotions. Sometimes, these feelings represent Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD). If you are diagnosed with PMD, know that St.Vincent Women’s Hospital has resources to help.

The Facts about PMD

  • PMD can strike anyone after the birth of your baby regardless of whether you are a first time mother or have had previous pregnancies.
  • 50 – 80 percent of women will experience the "baby blues" during the first two to three weeks after the baby arrives.
  • One in eight women will develop some form of Perinatal Mood Disorder.
  • Women who have a history of PMD have a 50 percent chance of having another episode with future pregnancies.
  • Women who have a history of depression or anxiety are at a higher risk for Perinatal Mood Disorder.

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24-Hour Stress Line

For emergency evaluation and referral, call the St.Vincent Stress Center at (317) 338-4800.

Treatment and Recovery

The St.Vincent Stress Center offers partial hospitalization, as well as intensive in patient and out patient treatment services. The Stress Center also provides emergency evaluation and referrals. Call (317) 338-4600 for more information.