The period after delivery is one that involves many changes and the
Perinatal Behavioral Health Service (PBHS) works to provide mothers delivering their
babies at BJH and who have infants in the SLCH NICU with all the assistance they need
to care for themselves and their baby/babies. Mothers are screened for postpartum
depression and given the information they need to identify their own symptoms, should
they start to feel tired, sad, and overwhelmed during the postpartum period.
Perinatal Behavior Health Service offers:
A resource to help support you during this sometimes difficult and overwhelming time.
Evidence-based therapeutic interventions to work with mothers (and their
partner as needed) to address their specific concerns.
Therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy
(even if only as a brief intervention), has been supported by substantial evidence
to effectively treat and prevent perinatal depression.
Provides services to mothers who possess acute psychiatric problems or other
mental health illnesses, which can lead to depression after childbirth.
Meeting and working with a psychiatrist can significantly
enhance a mother's ability to cope with her mental illness and care for her
child, leading to a happier and healthier maternal-child relationship.
The PBHS clinical coordinators work one on one with mothers and provide
resources for community based mental, behavioral and other support services.
Community referrals include Nurses for Newborns, other
therapist and psychiatrist in the community, Crisis Nursery, Parent as Teachers,
Behavioral Health Response, BJC HealthCare Behavioral Health Services
Call us at 1 (314) 454-5052 or ask your social worker for more information.