Perinatal Behavioral Health Program

If you're pregnant, or are planning to be, it can be a struggle to balance your health needs with those of your baby. For women who use medications to manage mood disorders, it may be especially difficult to find a provider that's comfortable prescribing medications during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is also a challenging time for women who misuse drugs and alcohol, as they may be aware of the risk addiction poses to their child, but asking for help can be a struggle due to the stigma around this disease.

Our Approach

South Shore Health is proud to be the first health system in the region to provide dedicated resources for women who are considering getting pregnantor are currently pregnant, lactating, or parentingwho do not have a provider who is comfortable prescribing medication to manage behavioral health conditions or need help managing substance use disorder.

Since launching our program in late 2018, we've helped more than 230 South Shore mothers manage their behavioral health needs while keeping their baby's health front of mind.

Our experienced providers work with you to review the risks and benefits of all options and allow you to make a choice informed by the latest research about what's best for your family.

The perinatal behavioral health program is part of the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health. We see patients from Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM-4 PM. 

Conditions We Treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder (post-partum)
  • Referrals for Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment for Pregnant Women


Treatments We Offer:

  • Prenatal prescribing of medications to manage mood disorders
  • Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, such as Suboxone
  • Medication for Alochol Use Disorder, such as Vivitrol

Please note: We do not offer methadone treatment at South Shore Health

Julie Paul, CNM talks to Shannon, a patient, in the perinatal behavioral health clinic at South Shore Health
Learn more about South Shore Health's perinatal behavioral health program.

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