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 between the ages of 18-45 with a history of psychiatric illness are eligible to enroll in the registry. 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. We are currently seeking both controls and those being treated with atypical antipsychotics and/ or antidepressants. For more information, please visit this page, call 1-866-961-2388 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course of ADHD in Pregnancy and the Postpartum
If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and have a history of ADHD, you may be eligible to take part in an observational research study for women maintaining, decreasing, or discontinuing psychostimulants during pregnancy and the postpartum. Women who participate will have 6 study visits from time of enrollment (<20 weeks pregnant) to 24 weeks postpartum. The first visit must be in-person at Massachusetts General Hospital with the option to complete the remaining visits in-person or over the phone.
For more information, please call (617)726-2912 or email the study coordinator at email@example.com
Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Do you feel depressed or have a history of depression? If you are less than 28 weeks pregnant or trying to conceive and have experienced depression now or in the past, you may be eligible to take part in a research study for the treatment of depression with a prenatal supplement. For more information, please visit this page, call Taylor at 617-643-9284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Do you have a history of depression? Do you want to lose weight or have a healthier lifestyle? You may be eligible to participate in a research study evaluating a new lifestyle intervention for weight loss. Participants will receive 10 sessions of therapy at no cost to you.
If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please call Samantha at 617-643-2076.
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
Managing Opioid Dependence in Pregnancy: Outcomes in Children Exposed to Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, or Methadone
December 7, 2017
The use of opioid drugs in women of childbearing age has become a pressing public health concern. It is clear that opiate use during pregnancy puts the mother and child at risk; opiate use during pregnancy has been associated with increased risk for oral clefts, neural tube defects, congenital heart defects, and ophthalmic problems. In ...Read more
December 1, 2017
Postpartum Depression Screening Tools: A Review. Psychosomatics 2017. No tool could be deemed best at accurately detecting PPD on the basis of sensitivity and specificity. Additionally, there was no recommended time period in which screening should be done. It Is Time for Routine Screening for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Obstetrics and Gynecology Settings. Accortt EE, Wong ...Read more
November 28, 2017
In the United States, about half of all pregnant women are overweight or obese. A recent study indicates that higher prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) is associated with a higher risk of maternal morbidity. In this study carried out in Washington State, 743,630 women were included. Prepregnancy BMI was distributed as follows: underweight, 3.2%; normal weight, ...Read more
November 24, 2017
This week there are some very interesting articles looking at the effects of negative childhood experiences on risk for postpartum depression and impaired mother-infant bonding. In a large population-based study, Meltzer-Brody and colleagues reported that adverse life events experienced during childhood, primarily the result of to parental psychopathology, are at increased risk of postpartum psychiatric ...Read more
November 21, 2017
According to a study published last year in the journal Pediatrics, adolescent depression is on the rise. In adolescents, the 12-month prevalence of major depression increased from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. Other studies have noted an increase in rates of suicide among adolescents, particularly girls; among girls aged 10-14, the suicide rate ...Read more
November 17, 2017
The article that received the most attention this week is one examining the risks associated with the use of stimulants to treat ADHD during pregnancy (Cohen JM et al, 2017). There were no real surprises here, but the study suffers from many of the same shortcomings as other studies investigating the effects of other psychotropic ...Read more