In addition to the above, we offer a preconception service for women with a past history of, or current mental illness who are planning a pregnancy and seeking advice regarding what medications, treatment, and support will help them remain emotionally well.
In fact, mental health difficulties are very common during this period, with approximately one in ten women experiencing significant depression and/ or anxiety during pregnancy and/or the first year of their baby’s life.
Research tells us that treatment is effective and can prevent negative impact on the woman, her baby, and her family.
Sidra Medicine’s perinatal mental health services provide women-, infant- and family-centered assessment, treatment and care for women whose obstetric condition is having an impact on their mental health and emotional wellbeing, or whose pre-existing mental health issues may be affecting their pregnancy and postnatal period. If the woman wishes, husbands and families are encouraged to be involved.
Clinic staff are available to take calls Sunday to Thursday from 7am-3pm. After hours, messages will be responded to on the next working day. We do not provide an after-hours outpatient service or emergency services. If you have a mental health emergency, we recommend you attend Hamad Hospital Emergency Department.
What is Perinatal Mental Health?
We are called a “perinatal mental health service” because we provide treatment and care to women, their infants and their families during the perinatal period, which includes the time from when a couple plan their pregnancy through the pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life.