Swedish opens first partial hospitalization program for moms and newborns on West Coast

July 08, 2016

Swedish is pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support– a partial hospitalization day program for moms and newborns. This intensive outpatient behavioral health treatment program is for pregnant and postpartum women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

The Swedish center is the first of its kind on the West Coast and is designed for women who need care beyond outpatient services but do not meet inpatient requirements. Moms are encouraged to bring their infants for attachment and transition support.

“Without intensive treatment, many moms find that they struggle at home, at work and in their personal relationships,” said Dr. Tanya Sorensen, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Executive Director of Women’s Health at Swedish “There is even risk for chronic psychiatric illness and sometimes suicidal thoughts and behavior. We aim to better serve and support these women and their babies with the hope they will build a stronger bond as a result.”

The Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support offers:

• Group, individual and family psychotherapy
• Support for mother-baby bonding and connection
• Medication evaluation and management for pregnant, postpartum, and breast-feeding moms 
• Health education on topics such as coping skills, the transition to motherhood, grief and loss, caring for a baby or young child, and relaxation and mindfulness

Most moms and babies that attend the two to three week program focus on bonding while getting some added support and practice before going home. 

Moms can self-refer, or providers can contact the program directly for an evaluation. For more information about the Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support, call 206-320-7288 or visit www.swedish.org/locations/center-for-perinatal-bonding-and-support. The center hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.