Unique Program Helps New Mothers Cope


Vol. 18, No. 3
Fall 2008

  • A Gift... Beyond the Gift of Life

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  • Cancer Center for Kids Moves to a New Home

  • Friends & Benefactors Annual Reception

  • Winthrop Helps Postal Clerk Get Some Sleep

  • Winthrop: A Gateway to a Top-Rated Kidney Transplant Program

  • DiStasio Family Makes Donation to NICU

  • The Center for Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions

  • New Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions: Easing Patients’ Burdens through a Single Coordinated Plan of Care

  • Golfing for the CCFK

  • Annual Gala Celebrates Winthrop’s Passion for Care without Compromise

  • CCFK Families Celebrate Life

  • Unique Program Helps New Mothers Cope

  • Saving Lives in Bolivia

  • Winthrop’s New Welcoming Ambassadors

  • Tenth Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Life

  • Bay’s Big Bash Does it Again!

  • Spizz Family Supports CCFK

  • Pediatric Unit Receives Quilt Donation

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  • 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 common for new moms to feel overwhelmed.

    Many women aren’t prepared for the range of emotions they experience after childbirth. 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, these feelings and others can grow increasingly intense, developing into something they may not have planned for – postpartum depression (PPD).

    A unique early intervention program at Winthrop-University Hospital, conceptualized by nurses in the Hospital’s Maternal Child Health Department and instituted with the support of Winthrop’s Home Health Agency (HHA), a nationally recognized leader in Home Care and distinguished member of the Home Care Elite, is committed to supporting mothers who are at risk for PPD – even after they leave the hospital – through early identification, monitoring and vital follow-up support.

    “Most women do not manifest symptoms of postpartum depression until a few weeks after they leave the hospital,” said Eileen Magri, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing, Maternal Child Health at Winthrop. “That’s why we felt it was important to develop a program that follows these mothers and extends Winthrop’s caring touch beyond the in-hospital experience.”

    “The 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 wellbeing of their child,” said Anne Calvo, RN, BSN, MPS, Administrator, Winthrop-University Hospital Home Health Agency. “In addition, the program provides a bridge between the home and additional professional help for moms who may require it.”

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    The childbirth experience at Winthrop includes a routine evaluation of all patients to assess their risk of PPD. New mothers determined to be at risk for postpartum depression or postpartum mood disorders receive a referral for a consultation with Winthrop’s Home Health Agency.

    “The consultation involves a nurse visiting with the patient while they are still at Winthrop to discuss additional support services, as well as outside community resources available to them after they are discharged,” said Ms. Magri.

    Patients are also informed about a unique HHA telephone support program that has been designed exclusively for them.

    “If the patient consents, we will set up a convenient time to call them – about three to four weeks after discharge as this is usually the time when symptoms of postpartum depression begin to manifest,” said Ms. Calvo.

    “If the patient leaves the hospital and finds they need to speak with a member of the Home Care staff sooner than planned, the patient knows they can call us at any time.”

    If certain criteria are met and the patient agrees it would be beneficial to receive additional Winthrop services, home care visits can typically be arranged within 24-72 hours. Two members of Winthrop’s Home Health Agency team will then travel to the home and work with the mother to develop a plan of care that is best for her and her child. In addition, the Home Care team will work with the patient to teach effective methods for communicating with their physician and the pediatrician so they have a better understanding of what is occurring.

    Due to the often long waiting time for appointments with mental health agencies, Winthrop’s Home Health Agency will also work with patients to stabilize a situation if necessary until additional resources and services can be put into place.

    “Winthrop’s Home Care Agency plays a vital role in working with mothers with postpartum depression and related mood disorders, helping to ensure there is a safe plan in place for both the mother and child, and that all of their medical and emotional needs are being met,” added Ms. Calvo.

    For more information about this unique program and other services available to new mothers at Winthrop, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.



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