All proceeds will be donated to the Postpartum Depression Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC with the hope to provide improved access to behavioral health care and additional resources for both the mother and their partner.
One in five women will experience an episode of clinical depression in her lifetime and more than half will never seek treatment. Depression affects women about twice as often as men.
Pregnancy and the postpartum period are frequently considered a time of great joy. When a woman experiences depression, anxiety, or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, it can be a time of great confusion and uncertainty. Distinguishing whether this is a normal reaction or a problem that requires professional help can be difficult to determine. Finding someone who has the clinical skill, expertise, and understanding to help define the problem and develop a plan of treatment can be frustrating. The staff of the Behavioral Health Services at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital are equipped to do just that. Working with ob/gyns, social workers, and family members, our staff provides education, support, and treatment.
To date, the monies raised have contributed to the creation of parent support group sessions that enable new moms and dads to openly discuss how they are affected by anxiety and depression as well as find support among peers and professionals. Additionally a newly renovated child care room has been constructed and will be staffed to allow those moms seeking counseling at our Intensive Outpatient group therapy location in Wexford to bring their children with them and have them cared for by our staff.