Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
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.
The Perinatal Psychiatry Program is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Cox, MD, who will be seeing patients at Wake Med North in Raleigh starting September 14th. 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 Clinic
The clinic provides assessment and treatment, including both psychotherapy and medication for women with depression or anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. UNC physicians 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.
If you feel you have one of the following concerns, please contact our clinic to schedule an appointment at (984) 974-5217 option # 3.
Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic at Rex Hospital
The UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic has expanded to Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Pregnant and postpartum mothers with depression or anxiety may schedule an appointment at UNC or Rex. The Perinatal Clinic is located at the Rex Family Birth Center within the UNC Specialty Women’s Center.
UNC Specialty Women’s Center at Rex Hospital Campus
1st Floor, Rex Family Birth Center
4420 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC, 27607
To make an appointment at Rex please call the UNC Psychiatry Clinic scheduling desk at (984) 974-5217 option 3 and specify that you would like an appointment at the Rex location.
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.
Free Support Group for Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum
The Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program now offers a free support group for women with depression or anxiety during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. This group meets bimonthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Psychiatric nurse practicioner Chris Raines, RN MSN facilitates these meetings. This group is co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and the UNC Family Medicine- Department of Maternal and Child Health. For more information about the support group, and to register, please contact Chris Raines at (919) 966-3115 or by email.
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.