Women's Mental Health
Reproductive Psychiatry -
psychiatric health from preconception, through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and menopause.
Postpartum depression is nearly 2X more common than gestational diabetes or hypertension in pregnancy making it the most common complication of pregnancy.
More than 1 in 7 women will experience a mood or anxiety disorder around pregnancy and often they will be unrecognized and usually undertreated.
The Good News
Starting July 1, 2019, new CA laws (AB-2193) take effect requiring health care practitioners who provide prenatal or postpartum care to offer screening or confirm that screening has taken place, at least once during pregnancy or the postpartum period.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has similar recommendations and even The American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines recommending screening of new moms for postpartum depression at 1,2,4,& 6 month baby wellness checks.
But Then What?
A Local Resource
Southern CA has several exceptional centers for Women' mental health such as those at UCLA, Huntington Hospital, and UCSD. In addition, there are several well respected private practice psychiatrist with offices in coastal cities.
At DWP, Dr. Gonzalez is passionate about helping Coachella Valley families through this incredibly significant period in life. He provides specialized and tailored care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Other services include treatment of perimenopausal mood disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, trauma, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Perinatal mental health conditions are treatable and possibly preventable. Schedule your appointment today.