The Day Program
Being a new parent is hard. Possibly the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, like postpartum depression, are the most common complication of pregnancy, affecting nearly 1 in 5 in pregnancy or through the postpartum year.
If you feel anxious or depressed, or if something just doesn’t feel right, know that you’re not alone. Help is available.
The Day Program is an intensive program expressly designed to address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that are significantly impacting daily life or attachment with baby.
At the Day Program you can expect:
- Individual and group therapy drawing from evidenced-based interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy
- Discussions of pregnancy and birth experiences, relationships and identity
- Support with bonding with baby
- The opportunity to connect with others experiencing similar symptoms
- Activities like baby massage, yoga and art therapy
- Family meetings with partners or other supports
- Medication evaluation and management (if needed)
You are encouraged to bring your non-mobile baby. We have cribs, changing tables, bouncy chairs and a lactation room for private pumping or feeding if desired.
Insurance plans typically cover this program; following an intake with one of our psychiatrists, we will review your insurance benefits with you. Call to schedule an appointment to see if the program is a good fit for you.
The Day Program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On your first day, you will meet with one of the therapists to develop a personalized plan of care to meet your individual needs. Most people attend the Day Program an average of two to three weeks.
What individuals who have attended the Day Program have shared:
“I like that I didn’t feel judged. I have a better understanding of my triggers and my feelings in general. I don’t feel like I’m going to fail at being a mom.”
“I was able to connect with other women who could relate to me while reaffirming the skills that I had in my toolkit and adding new ones to help me cope when times are hard.”
“The Day Program has made me more comfortable and secure in my approach to parenting. I feel like I can give my child everything she needs to grow up healthy and happy but most of all, loved.”
“My anxiety, irritability and depression no longer control me. The Day Program helped me learn skills to better cope with the bad days and enjoy good days like I did before.”
“I learned and practiced coping skills to use when I’m feeling anxious. My anxiety has decreased significantly since participating in Day Program, and I’m now able to identify intrusive thoughts. I’ve become more connected with my baby and am now able to enjoy being with him without incessant worry in my brain.”
“I was able to get help and keep my baby with me. It was a good balance of structure and flexibility to my specific needs. I felt personally heard and supported by staff.”