Womens Mental Health Program

University of Maryland Women’s Mental Health Program provides expert consultation, patient care, community and provider education and research on mental health throughout the reproductive life cycle.
 
Our program focuses on the well-being of women throughout their reproductive life cycle, ensuring early recognition, timely treatment and improved quality of life for women and their families.

Specialized services include:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or menopausal symptoms
  • Mood disorders related to infertility or breast and gynecologic cancers
  • Substance use disorders during pregnancy
  • Impaired parent/child relationships

Treatments available:

  • Pre-pregnancy consultation
  • Medication consultation (including use in pregnancy and breastfeeding)
  • Medication management
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Parent/child therapies
  • Trauma informed approach
  • Support groups for:
            -Parenting
            -Addictions during pregnancy
            -Post-partum
            -Menopause
  • Education and referral for partners and family
  • Advice on alternative/holistic therapies

The Importance of Women’s Mental Health 

  • 1 in 5 women experience significant depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy but only 10% of these women receive treatment.  
  • Pregnancy does not protect against depression or anxiety.
  • Untreated illness increases the risk of complications during pregnancy, premature birth, low birth weight, difficult mother-baby bonding and emotional/behavioral problems in children.
  • Women also experience mental health issues related to menopause, fertility treatment and other reproductive system

Appointments & Information

To make an appointment, call 410-328-6091.

Meet Our Experts

Sarah Edwards, DO
Psychiatrist with focus on mother-child relationship

Nicole Leistikow, MD
Psychiatrist with focus on reproductive mental health

Christopher Welsh, MD
Psychiatrist with focus on addictions in pregnancy

Patricia Widra, MD
Psychiatrist with focus on reproductive mental health