Women’s Health

Center for Women's Emotional Wellness

Supporting women before, during and after pregnancy

When you had your baby, you expected to feel joy and an unbreakable bond with this new little life. Instead, you find yourself thinking you’re a terrible mother and feeling overwhelmed and unable to enjoy anything.

If you are experiencing these kinds of emotions, you may be suffering from a perinatal mood disorder, perinatal anxiety, or both. The Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness offers a comprehensive program available to you during pregnancy and after delivery. These disorders are very treatable, and you can recover.

Richard J. Derman, M.D., MPH, FACOG, Marie E. Pinizzotto, M.D., Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christiana Care and Malina Spirito, PsyD., MEd., a licensed psychologist at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness, discuss how incorporating psychologists into OB-GYN departments at hospitals can help women as they face challenges as new or expectant mothers.

Before you leave the hospital with your newborn, a behavioral-health specialist is available to meet with you to discuss how you are coping with motherhood. This specialist can assess your emotional and mental-health needs.

In addition, services include:

  • Listening to you and reviewing what services may work best for you.
  • Counseling for you and your family.
  • Finding the right medicine for you.
  • Working with your doctor to plan the best care for you and your family.
  • Counseling for women who have psychiatric illnesses and are planning to become pregnant.

These services are also available to expectant mothers who are experiencing similar feelings relating to their pregnancy or mothers who have long since left the hospital. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can occur up to a year after childbirth.

If you need help, call us for an appointment or phone consultation. Our staff Janet M. Brown, Megan O’Hara or Malina Spirito are available to speak to you.

Are you in crisis?

If you feel you pose an immediate danger to yourself, your baby or others, please call 911 or immediately go to the emergency room of Wilmington Hospital or Christiana Hospital.

You also may call Christiana Care’s 24-hour Crisis Line.

Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1900
Newark, DE 19718 directions