Our Treatment Programs

The UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA offers two types of treatment programs for women seeking maternal mental-health services: the Maternal Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program and the Maternal Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program.

The UCLA Maternal Mental Health Program is dedicated to promoting positive mental health for women who are:

  • In their second and third trimesters of pregnancy, or
  • Up to one year postpartum

Our specialized treatment programs use the most current evidence-based clinical practices to offer mothers and their families a positive and healing patient-care experience.

UCLA Maternal Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program

The UCLA Maternal Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program is a patient-centered treatment program that aims to prevent inpatient hospitalization through early interventions that support mothers in their health and recovery. The program provides 20 hours of group and/or individual sessions each week.

All aspects of the program create an individualized, comprehensive and therapeutic environment. Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes psychiatrists, nurses, clinical social workers, and psychologists.

Daily group education and therapy sessions work to equip women with the skills they need to cope with stress, anxiety and disturbing thoughts that may occur when caring for themselves and their newborn children. Mothers are welcome and encouraged to bring their babies to group sessions if they desire.

Eligibility: To enroll in the program, women are typically in their second or third trimesters of pregnancy or up to one year postpartum. A wide range of insurance carriers covers our program.

Program services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Effective parenting skills
  • Mindfulness training designed to meet the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum women
  • Specialized bonding and coping groups
  • Peer support to decrease isolation and increase self-worth
  • Medication evaluation, intervention and review – as needed
  • Additional services based on an assessment of your needs
  • Protected space for pumping, storage and feeding

Daily sessions run from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. 

UCLA Maternal Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program

The UCLA Maternal Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program offers similar programming to the Maternal Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program. However, this track is two or three days per week and includes 11 groups or individual sessions over the course of those days.  Each patient’s schedule of groups and days will be determined by each patient and the team together.

Getting Started

If you think you would benefit from one of our programs or to learn more, please contact our team at (310) 825-4138.

Preparing for your first day

Members of either program should plan to spend a full first day with us. Our treatment team will be meeting with you throughout the day to get to know you. While you meet with the treatment team, we will introduce you to the staff and your peers and we will provide you with a daily schedule that will assist your orientation to the program.

We provide space for breast-milk pumping, storage and feeding. We also provide changing tables for your baby; however, you will need to bring diapers and others supplies your baby needs. Please feel free to bring any other supplies you may need during your day in the program.