The Provincial Reproductive Mental Health Program is based at BC Children and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. We help women and their families dealing with emotional difficulties related to the reproductive cycle. Approximately 1 in 12 women will experience mental illness or an emotional disorder related to their reproductive cycle, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. Patients need to be a BC resident and a referral from a physician, nurse practitioner or midwife is necessary to access our clinical services. Outpatient clinic hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We also provide telephone and telehealth consultations and training to health and community providers across the province. In addition, we work in collaboration with other service providers to deliver quality care to our patients and their families.
Our program consists of psychiatrists, nurse clinician, counsellors, social worker, nutritionist and other professionals serving women with psychiatric disorders specifically related to their reproductive cycle:
- Postpartum – up to one year after delivery
- Pregnancy loss or perinatal loss
- Perimenopause/ Menopause –Only patients 55 years or younger.
- Pre-Pregnancy/ Medications Assessments
The Program sees between 4000 – 5000 outpatient visits annually. These include new referrals and follow up visits.
We also have an inpatient consultation service that meets the needs of maternity patients on the wards at BC Women’s Hospital.
The Reproductive Mental Health Program offers education and training opportunities. This multidisciplinary program offers teaching in:
- Department of Medicine: Medical students, residents in Psychiatry and residents in Medical Genetics, Obstetrics, and Family Practice.
- Department of Psychology: PhD and MA level students training under PhD level psychologists working in BC Children’s Hospital.
- Nursing students
- Social Work students
In addition, our program is involved in numerous research projects in the field of reproductive mental health. Our focus is on contributing to the knowledge on optimal treatment options for perinatal women’s mental health and increasing the understanding on the effects of psychotropic medication in the perinatal period.
We also collaborate with the Women’s Health Research Institute with the goal of better understanding mental health in the perinatal period.
We maintain a website for the public and health professionals, outlining all treatment options, and providing a variety of information and resources on topics related to mental illness and emotional disorder related to the reproductive cycle. Our website can be accessed at: www.reproductivementalhealth.ca here
We offer groups and workshops to our patients at no cost. A list of current workshops and groups includes the following:
- IPT Group for Postpartum Moms
- Mindfulness Group for Dads.
- Partner Information and Support Seminar
- Partner Up and Self Care: A Workshop for Couples
- PMS Education Session
- Raising Your Self-Esteem Using CBT
- Helping Babies Sleep
- Overcoming Emotional Eating
- Baby’s First Food