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Welcome to the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health


Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health, a perinatal and reproductive psychiatry information center. This website provides a range of current information including discussion of new research findings in women’s mental health and how such investigations inform day-to-day clinical practice. Despite the growing number of studies being conducted in women’s health, the clinical implications of such work are frequently controversial, leaving patients with questions regarding the most appropriate path to follow. Providing these resources to patients and their doctors so that individual clinical decisions can be made in a thoughtful and collaborative fashion dovetails with the mission of our Center.
The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics: All pregnant women ages 18-45 are eligible to enroll in the registry. We are currently seeking both controls and those being treated with one or more of the following atypical antipsychotics:
  • Abilify (aripiprazole)
  • Clozaril (clozapine)
  • Fanapt (iloperidone)
  • Geodon (ziprasidone)
  • Invega (paliperidone)
  • Latuda (lurasidone)
  • Risperdal (risperidone)
  • Saphris (asenapine)
  • Seroquel (quetiapine)
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine)
Register now by calling 1-866-961-2388 and help make the future better for many other women just like you. This study will involve 3 brief phone interviews over an 8-month period. The National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics is dedicated to evaluating the safety of atypical antipsychotic medications that may be taken by women during pregnancy to treat a wide range of mood, anxiety, or psychiatric disorders. The primary goal of this Registry is to determine the frequency of major malformations, such as heart defects, cleft lip, or neural tube defects, in infants exposed to atypical antipsychotics during pregnancy. For more information, please call 1-866-961-2388.

The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health

Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program

Simches Research Building

185 Cambridge St Suite 2200

Boston, MA 02114


To make an appointment:

Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Program: (617) 724-7792

Latest News from our Blog

  • Fear of Childbirth: How Common is It? And What Should We Do?

    November 9, 2015

    Credit: Pregnant Woman from Wikimedia Commons

    Childbirth fear has been studied in Scandinavian countries for more than three decades; however, it has received less attention in other countries. In Australia, Toohill and colleagues reported high levels of childbirth fear, as measured using the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire (W-DEQ score > 66) in approximately 20% of Australian women of childbearing age.  This estimate ...

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  • Venlafaxine and Duloxetine: Pooled Analysis Shows No Increase in Risk of Malformations

    November 3, 2015

    Credit: Pregnant Woman from Wikimedia Commons

    Women face difficult choices when deciding whether or not to continue psychiatric medications during pregnancy.  This choice can be especially difficult for women taking newer medications which lack adequate reproductive safety data.  While we have adequate data regarding the reproductive safety of most of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), there has been less information ...

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  • Postpartum Support International Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

    November 3, 2015

    By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    The annual conference of  for Postpartum Support International will be held on June 22 – June 25, 2016 in Sad Diego.   The focus of the 29th Annual PSI Conference is “Bridging, Bonding, and Beyond: Clinical Expertise and Community Outreach in Perinatal Mental Health”. We are accepting proposals for the main conference on June 24-25, 2016. Because ...

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  • October 2015 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

    October 30, 2015


    When we started our website 15 years ago, a productive month in the field of reproductive psychiatry meant that a few good articles were published.  Times have certainly changed.   In fact, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the increasing number of publications in this rapidly growing field.   It is clearly impossible to ...

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  • Breastfeeding Difficulties May Lead to Postpartum Depression

    October 29, 2015


    For decades, researchers have postulated a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD). However, the research examining the association between postpartum depression and breastfeeding has been somewhat difficult to interpret.  While many believe that breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression, this has not been a consistent finding. A new study suggests that postpartum depression may be more common ...

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  • Screening for Postpartum Depression Isn’t Enough

    October 28, 2015

    By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    About ten years ago, we ran a collaborative project with our obstetrics department here at MGH where we screened all new mothers for postpartum depression.  The screening went well.  Nearly all the women completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) at their 6-week postpartum visit.  We contacted the women with scores on the EPDS suggestive ...

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