How can I prepare for my appointment?
If you are taking medications for any mental health condition now, or have
in the past, it is helpful if you can provide the clinician with information
including the name and dose of the medication and if possible to bring
the current medications bottles with you. Also, if you have any letters
or reports about previous treatments, bring them along, as these can also
be very helpful.
It is helpful if you can arrive 15 minutes early to complete some preliminary
questionnaires. These will assist your clinician to understand your situation
and the support and treatment you are likely to benefit from.
Initial appointments usually take 1.5-2 hours.
Can anyone come with me to my appointment?
You are welcome to bring your husband or family member and your baby.
Not only can a family member provide support for you (and help with the
baby, if you are bringing your baby), they can often provide helpful information
that will aid your clinician in understanding your situation better. Husbands
are often concerned for their wives and may benefit from information about
perinatal mental health difficulties and how they can best support their wives.
What do I do if I realize I can’t attend the appointment and need
to change my appointment time?
If you realize you cannot attend your appointment, give us a call on the
number below as soon as possible to reschedule.
Is there someone in the clinic who can speak Arabic?
We have clinicians who are Arabic speakers. We also have trained medical
interpreters and a language line.
My doctor prescribed medication to treat my mental health difficulties.
Can these types of medications harm my baby?
You should always check with your doctor before taking any medications
while pregnant or breastfeeding. The psychiatrists at our perinatal mental
health service are trained in the prescription of medication for pregnant
and breastfeeding women and able to provide advice and information to
women and their families about the benefits and any risks that might be
involved in taking medication when pregnant and/or breastfeeding.