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.
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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 24, 2016
Over the last few years, several studies have suggested an increased risk of certain types of cardiovascular malformations in children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. The first reports suggested a link between cardiac septal defects and exposure to paroxetine; other, but not all, studies have also shown an elevated risk of ...Read more
May 23, 2016
Studies in animals and humans suggest that psychological distress experienced by mothers during pregnancy is associated with later neurodevelopmental problems in their offspring. Project Ice Storm is one such study exploring the effect of prenatal maternal stress on child cognitive functioning. In January 1998, an ice storm hit the Canadian province of Quebec and resulted in ...Read more
May 20, 2016
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and congenital heart anomalies:comparative cohort studies of women treated before and during pregnancy and their children. Petersen I, Evans SJ, Gilbert R, Marston L, Nazareth I. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;77(1):e36-42. Factors influencing attempted and completed suicide in postnatal women: A population-based study in Taiwan. Weng SC, Chang JC, Yeh MK, Wang SM, Chen YH. Sci ...Read more
May 19, 2016
There is significant literature indicating that a mother’s depression may adversely affect her young child. Studies have demonstrated that the children of depressed mothers are more likely than the children of non-depressed mothers to exhibit developmental delays and childhood behavioral problems. It has also been demonstrated that the children of depressed mothers are more likely ...Read more
May 17, 2016
During pregnancy, many women complain that they feel more distractible, more forgetful or less sharp than before pregnancy. A few years ago, we reviewed a study which demonstrated that performance on tests of spatial recognition memory (SRM) were adversely affected by pregnancy. Other aspects of executive function were unaffected. A recent study assessed working memory ...Read more
May 16, 2016
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates in the United States are on the rise, especially in women. From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population. The suicide rate increased by 1% yearly between ...Read more