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New Parent Mentoring Platform Honored with $100K Innovation Grant

Committee for Children | August 2021

In collaboration with Nurture Seattle, Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH (Maternal-Child Mental Health Program Director) will be leading a randomized control trial that assesses the effects of a text-based mentoring program on moms' social, emotional, and mental well-being. Dr. Bhat and her team will recruit pregnant people receiving care at University of Washington Medical Center - Northwest. These efforts will be funded by the University of Washington School of Medicine's Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions. 

Resources increasing for women in "fourth trimester" 

UW Medicine Newsroom | May 2021

The Washington Department of Health’s Maternal Mortality Review Panel, that included input from Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH, and Ian Bennett, MD, PhD, found that half of pregnancy-related deaths in Washington are linked to behavioral health concerns which occurred after six months postpartum. There are numerous resources for providers caring for perinatal people in Washington State, including a new online learning collaborative to support members of primary care clinics, the perinatal mental health consultation line “PAL for Moms”, and a perinatal psychiatry case conference series “Moms’ Access Project ECHO.”

Behavioral Health Conditions Leading Causes of Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel | October 2019

Recent findings indicate leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths 2014-2016 were related to behavioral health conditions (suicide and accidental substance overdose).

Societal Costs of Untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the U.S.

Mathematica Policy Research | April 2019

Mathematica published the most high-quality, large-scale analysis of costs associated with untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to date. 

Doctors should be on the lookout for perinatal depression

UW Medicine Newsroom | December 2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged pediatric health care providers to monitor mothers of their infant patients for signs of perinatal depression.

Visiting Professorship Program Helps Impact Care for High-risk Mothers with Depression

Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry | November 2018
A paper by Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH, Joseph Cerimele, MD, MPH, and Visiting Professor Nancy Byatt, DO, highlight the results of their collaboration on a project related to the detection and management of bipolar disorder and the results from two clinical programs caring for perinatal women.

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

UW Medicine Advancement | July 2018
One in seven women battle depression during the perinatal period, but only 20 percent of the women who need help get the help they need. The Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Moms, run by Dr. Deborah Cowley is an important resource in keeping mothers healthy and well.

Do I Have Postpartum Depression or Just the Baby Blues?

Right as Rain | May 21, 2018

Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH, and Deb Cowley, MD, co-directors of the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic at UW Medical Center-Roosevelt, talk about the difference between common “baby blues” and postpartum depression.

Maternal Mental Health: Moving Mental Health Care Upstream

American Psychiatric Association | October 16, 2017

Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH, and Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, write about how perinatal collaborative care for moms and babies presents an enormous opportunity for psychiatrists and other behavioral health care professionals to improve mental health at a population level and, perhaps, prevent mental illness altogether.

Helping Moms, Babies Navigate Mental Health

HS Newsbeat | February 4, 2016

Deborah Cowley, MD, and Amritha Bhat, MBBS, MD, are spearheading new programs that help moms receive the most effective and successful treatment for mental health conditions.

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