The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program specializes in mood and anxiety disorders that occur during pregnancy and postpartum. The program is directed by Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, and our mission is to provide state-of-the-art clinical care, research, and support groups to address the needs of women during this vulnerable time.

Additional Clinic Location
Liz Cox, MD
The Perinatal Psychiatry Program is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Cox, MD, who is now seeing patients at Wake Med North in Raleigh. Dr. Cox is a graduate of the UNC Psychiatry Residency Program and has clinical expertise in treating women’s mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other psychiatric disorders, during time periods of hormonal fluctuation and change (pregnancy, postpartum, menstruation, menopause and infertility). For more information about our Wake Med North clinic or to book an appointment with Dr. Cox, please contact us.

Perinatal Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics

Our outpatient clinic locations in both Chapel Hill and Raleigh provide assessment and treatment, including options for psychotherapy and medication for women with depression or anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. UNC physicians, nurse practitioners and psychologists work with nurses, midwives, counselors, and social workers in the community to help create the best plan for managing symptoms and fostering a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.

Our office locations include Vilcom Center in Chapel Hill and locations at Rex Hospital and WakeMed North Hospital in Raleigh. To make an appointment at one of our clinic locations, please contact us.

If you feel you have one of the following concerns, please schedule an appointment.

pregnant stormDepression during Pregnancy
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Postpartum Psychosis
Pregnancy loss

Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit

The Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit is directed by Dr. Mary Kimmel. The Inpatient program provides specialized treatment and addresses the needs of women suffering from serious perinatal mood conditions. For more information, please see the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit page.

Perinatal Loss Support Group

UNC Pastoral Care offers several forms of grief support for those who have experienced perinatal loss. The support group meets once a month at UNC. For more information, please click on Perinatal Loss Support Group, or email Darryl Owens, Women’s Services Chaplain/Grief Counselor.

Perinatal Research Studies

UNC researchers within the Department of Psychiatry are seeking participants for several research studies investigating prenatal and postpartum depression. For details, please see our list of research studies.