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Welcome to the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health


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.

The National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications:

All pregnant women ages 18-45 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


 EnBrace HR for MDD Relapse Prevention in         Women Trying to Conceive and Early Pregnancy:


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 Gina at 617-643-9284 or e-mail



Lifestyle Intervention Research Study Opportunity:

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 at Massachusetts General Hospital 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.


Recognition and Characterization of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Postpartum Women:

HAVE YOU HAD A BABY IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS? Take a minute to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you feel over-anxious all the time and not able to control it?
  • Are you having thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind or are you unable to concentrate, feeling like your mind goes blank?
  • Are you worried about a number of events and activities in particular about your baby?
  • Do you feel more nervous or irritable or your muscles are very tense?

If you recognize yourself in any of these questions, please help us research and characterize obsessive compulsive symptoms in postpartum women. Participation involves completing a survey that takes no more than 20 minutes:

For more information, if you have any questions or problems with this study please email the Principal Investigator (Dr. Baer) at


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 

Latest News from our Blog

  • Register for the Postpartum Support International Annual Conference in Philadelphia

    April 24, 2017

    Credit: Pregnant Woman from Wikimedia Commons

    The 30th Postpartum Support International Annual Conference will be taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 14-15, 2017. The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This professional event is a unique training and networking opportunity, last ...

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  • Weekly Roundup for APRIL 21, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

    April 23, 2017

      At the top of the list are three articles (and one commentary) looking at the risk of autism in children exposed to SSRIs. We will soon cover these reports in greater detail; however, the short story is that these studies do not support an association between exposure to SSRIs during pregnancy and increased risk of ...

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  • Neurokinin-3 Receptor Antagonists: A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms

    April 20, 2017

    Over the last few years, we have seen a number of articles suggesting that the burden of menopausal symptoms is probably greater than generally perceived.  About 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – hot flashes and night sweats — as they transition into the menopause.  For most, the symptoms are manageable, but for a ...

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  • Weekly Roundup for APRIL 14, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

    April 15, 2017

      The first article on the list from Andrade is an excellent discussion of the difficulties in assessing outcomes in studies of antidepressants during pregnancy.  In addition, there are two articles, one from Vigod and colleagues and a review from Anderson et al, which address the issue of perinatal depression in migrant women.   Offspring Outcomes in ...

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  • In Brief: PTSD in Women Comes With Cognitive Impairment

    April 13, 2017

      While we know that PTSD is about twice as common in women as men, most PTSD research has focused on PTSD in men, most commonly male veterans.  A recent study, reviewed in Medscape, evaluated data from 14,029 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study II.  Lifetime trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms were assessed in 2008, ...

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  • In Brief:  Traumatic Events in Childhood and Adolescence Increase Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

    April 11, 2017

      Previous studies have indicated that depression during the perimenopausal transition is associated with various risk factors, including previous history of depression, poor physical health, and more severe perimenopausal symptoms.  A recent study (reviewed here) indicates that women who experienced multiple traumatic events during childhood or adolescence are more likely to experience depression during the transition ...

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