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Peripartum Clinic

Three women talk and lead a clinic.

The Peripartum Clinic is the only program in the greater Richmond area that integrates psychiatric care, social work and obstetrics care for expectant patients and new moms with complex mental health needs. 

The clinic began as a collaboration among a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, a psychiatrist and a clinical social worker who saw a common thread of untreated mental health conditions among both expectant patients and postpartum moms. Care in the Peripartum Clinic can begin in the early stages of pregnancy. All expectant patients fill out a questionnaire that can identify possible mental health needs. If the results of the screening reveal that a patient might require additional support, a social worker coordinates mental health services tailored to the patient’s needs.

By embedding psychiatric care into the OB clinic, our patients can be treated and have the tools to maintain mental health during and after pregnancy.  Mental health support in the Peripartum Clinic can include sessions with a psychiatrist, support group participation, closer-interval visits and mood surveillance.

This unique clinic provides women with the support and tools they need to cope with the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.

The Peripartum Clinic is located at the Nelson Clinic, 401 N. 11th St., and is open on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For more information about the Peripartum Clinic, please contact:

Janet Abraham, MSW