Women’s Reproductive Mental Health

Women’s Reproductive Mental Health

At UT Health Austin we believe women deserve access to the highest quality mental health care available prior to, during and post-pregnancy. Women’s Reproductive Mental Health at The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences is an academic center of excellence for the psychiatric care of women. We provide clinical care and medication management around pregnancy and preconception planning for women with a history of mental health conditions and trauma. The clinic focuses on the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders and emotional challenges in women during all reproductive transitions across the lifespan, including the menstrual cycle and the menopausal transition.

About This Clinic

Women’s Reproductive Mental Health at The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences at UT Health Austin provides psychiatric consultation, prevention services and treatment for mental health conditions including pregnancy and postpartum mood, anxiety, trauma-related and substance use disorders, peri-menopausal disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorders. Care is also available to women and couples who experience pregnancy or infant loss.

Our team believes psychiatric consultation for women with a history of mental illness and trauma benefits the mother and child at every stage of child-bearing from pre-conception to the postpartum period and into family function. Women who are considering beginning a family or who have experienced an unexpected pregnancy may require timely adjustments to their treatment to reduce the risk of complications throughout pregnancy. Women at high risk of developing postpartum disorders should engage in preventive treatment to ensure their postpartum experience empowers them to be the mother they hope to be.

Patients should expect to receive an evaluation and treatment planning through pre-conception, pregnancy and the postpartum period to protect both mother and child from the potential risks of both psychiatric illness and psychiatric medication exposure. By weighing the risks associated with your mental health condition(s) and various treatment options, our team of experts will help you to develop an individualized plan that encourages a healthy pregnancy at every stage.

Patients may self-refer, be referred by their care providers or be referred by support organizations.

Why Research is Important?

As an academic center of excellence, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health at The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences is dedicated to furthering knowledge surrounding the impact of mental health conditions and treatment on women, mothers and their children. We invite our patients to choose to participate in observational studies that allow us to learn more about mental health conditions, histories of trauma, and treatments as they relate to reproduction. By choosing to participate in observational studies, you personally empower our care providers to ensure that mothers deliver healthy children for generations to come while managing your own mental health.