Welcome to The Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH. Our Center, established in 1989, has been renamed following the generous gift from Carol Ammon and Dr. Marie Pinizzotto. These resources will be used to realize the overarching mission of the 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.
All pregnant women ages 18-45 are eligible to enroll in the registry. We are currently seeking both controls and those being treated with atypical antipsychotics and/ or antidepressants.
This study will involve 3 brief phone interviews over an 8-month period. The National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications is dedicated to evaluating the safety of psychiatric 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 and antidepressants during pregnancy. For more information, please call 1-866-961-2388 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help make the future better for many other women like you.
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
Location of appointments:
Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Parkman St., Floor 8
Boston, MA 02114-3117
May 1, 2016
Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released recommendations on Screening for Depression in Adults. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen ALL ADULTS for depression and notes that the evidence indicates that screening in the primary care setting is beneficial. Echoing the recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and ...Read more
April 28, 2016
It has been hypothesized that both premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression (PPD) occur as the result of rapid shifts in the levels of ovarian hormones. Data regarding the prevalence of PPD among women with documented PPD is sparse, and the existent studies rely upon recall of premenstrual symptoms which is notoriously inaccurate. Despite ...Read more
April 27, 2016
At this point in time, we have considerable information regarding the reproductive safety of antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. Most of this information relates to the incidence of congenital malformations or birth defects in children exposed to these medications. Other studies have examined the effects of the medications on newborn adaptation ...Read more
April 18, 2016
Multiple studies have shown that routine medical care is not adequate when it comes to identifying and treating women with perinatal mood disorders. Universal screening can help to increase the identification of mothers with mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period; however, there are still significant obstacles in terms of accessing mental ...Read more
April 11, 2016
The anticonvulsant lamotrigine (Lamictal) is being used with increasing regularity for the treatment of women with bipolar disorder. Back in 2006, we reported on preliminary data indicating an increased risk of oral clefts among infants exposed to lamotrigine during the first trimester of pregnancy. It has been a while since we reviewed the data regarding ...Read more
April 8, 2016
The Good News: According to the CDC, rates of teen pregnancy are falling In the United States, 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years in 2014. This represents a historic low for births among U.S. teens, a drop of 9% from 2013. The Bad News: Pregnant teens — especially when they don’t have the ...Read more