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CornerStone Vol. 24, No. 2 Fall 2014
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First-Rate Pulmonary Rehab Program Helps 9/11 First Responder Get His Life Back
NYU Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
NYU Winthrop Opens Urgent Care Center
U.S. News & World Report Names NYU Winthrop Among the Best in the New York Metro Area
At NYU Winthrop, No Man is an Island
Spotlight on Community Gifts Campaign
Hospital Participates in Major International Trial
Generous Grant Supports Alzheimer's Research at NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Opens New Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
New Treatment Improves the Lives of Patients With MR
Swimming with Purpose: Annual Event Raises Pivotal Support for Child Life Program
A Cause to Celebrate Raises More Than $147,000 for Child Life Program
A Celebration of Life: NYU Winthrop's 16th Annual Cancer Survivor's Day
Unique Partnership Supports Families Facing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
29th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $649,000+ for NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
Eighth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $270,000 for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Eight and Forty Makes Donation to Department of Pediatrics
Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Long Island Foundation's Generosity Changes Lives at NYU Winthrop's Hempstead Pediatric Clinic
Running for a Reason
National Awards Recognize Quality Breast Health Care
Once Again, NYU Winthrop Earns Designation as a NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
New Patient Family Advisory Council
The STAR Program: Enhancing the Hospital Experience for Children With Special Needs
NYU Winthrop: A Pioneer in the Use of Technology to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
NYU Winthrop Debuts New Ambulances
Nurse Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
NYU Winthrop Receives "Found Money"
Garden City Foundation Continues the Tradition of Making 'Miracles' for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Twinkle Town Makes Colorful Donation to NYU Winthrop Kids
Milestone Golf Outing to Benefit the CCFK is a Record-Breaking Success
WiSH Clinic Opens
Surviving the Holidays
Hospital Celebrates Expansion With Dedication of New Specialty Center East
NYU Winthrop Unveils New "Welcome" Sign
NYU Winthrop Opens Manhattan's First and Only CyberKnife® Center
 

Unique Partnership Supports Families Facing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

From the moment a child is born, a mother's life is forever changed. The most significant changes occur in priorities and demands on time, and it is not unusual for new moms to feel overwhelmed.

winthrop perinatal clinical nurse specialist and chair of nassau county perinatal services network Mary Lynn Brassil, MS, CES, C-EFM, RN, NYU Winthrop Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chair of the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network (second from left), is joined by Sonia Murdock, Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. (left) and two mothers who shared their personal experiences coping with Perinatal Mood Disorders during a recent forum at NYU Winthrop.

Many women aren't prepared for the range of emotions they experience after child-birth. In fact, bouts of crying and irritability, along with lapses in concentration and exhaustion often referred to as the "baby blues" are quite common, affecting 80 percent of new mothers. But for many women, (1 out of 5), these feelings and others can grow increasingly intense, developing into something they may not have planned for Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD).

In a collaborative effort to increase awareness about the wealth of resources that are available to families affected by PMD, NYU Winthrop Hospital , as part of its involvement in the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network, chaired by NYU Winthrop's Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mary Lynn Brassil, MS, CES, C-EFM, RN, recently hosted a forum that included special presentations by members of the network's PMD Task Force. Sonia Murdock, Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., spoke, along with two mothers who shared their personal struggles and triumphs with PMD.

"More than 800,000 new mothers and their families are affected by PMD and anxiety each year," said Ms. Brassil. "Despite frequent prenatal visits with their primary healthcare provider, many women are not screened and go undetected. Assessment and screening for risk factors for PMD in the hospital and clinical setting is an integral part of the care women should receive during the immediate postpartum period."

Since 2008, a unique early intervention program at NYU Winthrop, conceptualized by nurses in the Hospital's Maternal Child Health Department and instituted with the support of the Hospital's Home Health Agency, has supported mothers who are at risk for PPD even after they leave the Hospital through early identification, monitoring and vital follow-up support.

"More than 22,000 women have been screened; close to 4,000 women have been identified as at risk for PMD and anxiety disorders; and close to 400 home care visits have been made since the inception of the program," said Ms. Brassil.

The NYU Winthrop program creates a bridge between the Hospital and the home, ensuring that women at risk for postpartum depression have access to a unique telephone support program and home care services to help ensure their well-being and the well-being of their child.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of PMD and Anxiety:
  • Frequent crying
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Appetite disturbances
  • Anxiety/Panic attacks
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • Loss of interest in things once previously enjoyed
  • Fear of harming yourself or your baby
Help is just a phone call away. Call the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. at (631) 422-2255.

Programs such as NYU Winthrop's, and others available through the Nassau County Perinatal Services Network, are vital in helping women and their families find the support they need to cope and be treated.

Thanks to the work of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, mothers Margareth Regalada and Vanessa Barisano, RN, found an outlet through which they could receive help. Both women, who are grateful for the resources that were made available to them during their time of trial, are now helping other moms who are facing PMD.

"I never would have thought this could happen to me," recalled one of the mothers as she shared her experience with PMD.

"Having help is so important and with the right help, it does get better."

The PMD Task Force includes NYU Winthrop; NuHealth-Nassau University Medical Center; South Nassau Communities Hospital; Mercy Medical Center; The Mental Health Association of Nassau County; The Postpartum Resource Center of NY; The Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Program; North Shore Child Family Guidance Center; Dr. Jack Levine, The Pediatric Society of Nassau County; Zucker-Hillside Hospital Perinatal Psychiatry; Dr. Tina Walch, Medical Director of South Oaks Hospital; United Healthcare; Nurse Family Partnership; Nassau County Visiting Nurses Association of New York; Nassau County Perinatal Services Network; and the Nassau County Office of Mental Health.

The task force was formed in December, 2011 to create a safety net project for women in Nassau County who face perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, sending the message to childbearing women and other Nassau County residents that there are services for PMD available.

"It is important for every woman facing PMD to know that she is not alone," said Ms. Murdock.

For more information about PMD and services that are available to new mothers at NYU Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.