Your mental health matters. Don't suffer alone. We are here to intervene if your mental health changes while you're expecting, after having a baby or following a pregnancy loss.
The Reproductive Psychology Program at Cedars-Sinai is dedicated to helping women experiencing mental health conditions before, during and after pregnancy. We focus on four core principles: universal screening for maternal depression and anxiety, connection to support services, early psychological intervention and treatment, and hospital community education.
Living With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder
One in five mothers experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), such as major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
At Cedars-Sinai, our Reproductive Psychology Program goes well beyond the standard level of care for pregnant women and new mothers. We make sure that women receive the resources, support, care and treatment they need to improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.
We provide a range of outpatient services for women living with a mental health condition who are thinking of conceiving a child, currently pregnant or after delivery. These include:
- Mental health assessment during pregnancy and after birth
- Individual psychotherapy—brief cognitive behavioral and solution-focused treatments
- Group psychotherapy and support groups
- Connection to support services and community resources
Patient Care Navigation
If cost or insurance coverage proves challenges, our care navigator can help connect you to low-cost or no-cost support available in your community. Getting connected to the help you need can be overwhelming and confusing. Our care navigator can help guide you through this process. Contact clinical social worker Caryn Andrea Lindsey.
Cedars-Sinai offers multiple support groups for women and couples who are trying to conceive, struggling with infertility, expecting, after delivery or experienced a pregnancy loss in the past year.
Our expert team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, a reproductive psychiatrist, clinical social workers and counselors who are all committed to ensuring women get the appropriate care and treatment for their mental health.
PMAD Therapy Group
This group is for pregnant or postpartum women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). The group explores coping strategies for stress, depression, anxiety, isolation, self-doubt and other potential challenges related to transitioning to motherhood. The PMAD Therapy Group is a recurring monthly series that meets weekly on the first four Wednesdays of the month.
Infertility Support Group
A weekly group for individuals and couples. Changes in fertility can increase emotional and physical stress, which can potentially complicate conception. Those who feel guilt, fear or depression during this time, as well as couples who are struggling with connecting through the process of in vitro fertilization, can benefit from additional support.
Perinatal Grief/Loss Support Group
A weekly support group for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or termination loss. Open to mothers, fathers and families seeking emotional and informational support.
Patient & Community Resources
Education & Research
Learn about some current education, research and awareness efforts focused on parenthood and mental health:
Make an Appointment
Our team is here for you. Call our office to make an appointment with a member of our care team. We're available to answer any questions you may have.
Office: 444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 1002, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST