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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 pregnancy? If you have a history of depression and have decided to discontinue antidepressants for pregnancy, 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



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

  • Maternal Prenatal Depression Affects Levels of Inflammation in Offspring 25 Years Later

    December 6, 2016


    The three primary methods of communication in the human body (nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system) are interconnected in a number of ways, and exposures that take place during critical windows of fetal development can permanently impact how each system is “programmed” to function. Increasing amounts of research in both animal and human populations ...

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  • Study Links Conflict with Partner to Increased Vulnerability to Perinatal Depression

    December 5, 2016

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    The Maternity Experiences Survey (MES) is a national survey of Canadian women’s experiences, perceptions, knowledge and practices before conception and during pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenthood. This is a project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, with the goal of achieving a better understanding of the ...

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  • Weekly Roundup for DECEMBER 2, 2016: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

    December 2, 2016


    Next week we will be reviewing two important articles which look at the effects of maternal depression on the developing brain of the child: one from Posner and colleagues and another from Lebel and colleagues.   This week, there were also a few interesting articles on the association between poor sleep quality and depression during pregnancy ...

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  • Sleep Problems Common During Pregnancy, Associated with Depression

    December 1, 2016

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    While we tend to think of sleep deprivation as a postpartum issue, a recent study from Finland indicates that sleep problems are relatively common during pregnancy, for both mothers and fathers. This study included 1667 mothers and 1498 fathers.  The researchers evaluated the core symptoms of insomnia (sleep onset problems, nocturnal awakenings, too-early awakenings, and poor ...

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  • New Legislation to Support Maternal Mental Health

    November 30, 2016

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    Some good news for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders… Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act  to provide federal grants to develop and maintain programs for screening and treatment of postpartum depression. This bill, introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) and Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA), ...

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  • Which Contraceptive is Best for Me? The WHO MEC WHEEL Can Provide Guidance

    November 29, 2016

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    In the world of family planning the question “Which contraceptive method is best for me?” is a common one.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has tried to address this through a document called Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC).  This document, now in its fifth edition, provides guidance for choosing the safest contraceptive method ...

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