For Immediate Release
(Newtown Square, PA, March 31, 2015)— Main Line Health’s (MLH) Women’s Emotional Wellness Center (WEWC) at the Main Line Health Center in Newtown Square, marked its second birthday in March. The WEWC, staffed by a highly-skilled and experienced treatment team of psychiatrists and psychotherapists, provides outpatient mental health therapy and psychiatric services to women and their families. The Center specializes in the period before, during and after pregnancy or adoption, but also accepts individuals, including fathers, grandparents and other caregivers, for treatment.
“Main Line Health recognized the important need to offer counseling services to women and their families, specializing in the period during and after pregnancy,” said Liz Bland, LCSW, Program Manager, WEWC. “Since opening in March 2013, the WEWC has provided services to more than 500 patients. Many patients have expressed their gratitude for having a resource like WEWC, and this feedback has been truly humbling and touching. We look forward to celebrating many more years of helping families navigate the range of emotions that come along with a caregiving role.”
March 2015 also marks the two-year anniversary of MLH utilizing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to screen all inpatient maternity patients for the risk of Postpartum Depression prior to discharge home. Emotional difficulties during pregnancy and in the postpartum period are generally temporary and very treatable with professional assistance. WEWC offers supportive follow-up calls after delivery, and to date have made over 600 calls. To review the screening process, visit https://www.mainlinehealth.org/maternity/your-baby-and-you#wellness.
Two other exciting milestones for the WEWC include the debut of the WEWC Facebook group, dedicated to providing support and encouragement to a community of local parents. Search ‘Main Line Health Women’s Emotional Wellness Center’ on Facebook to follow along. In addition, the center now offers an After Baby Connections (ABC) Group that focuses on developing techniques for depression, anxiety and adjustment as well as self care and creating social connections with other local mothers.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and the Home Care Network, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
Photo1: The newly renovated WEWC Group Room, home to the After Baby Connections (ABC) Group each Wednesday at the WEWC.
Photo 2: The WEWC Team: (From left) Liz Bland, LCSW WEWC program manager; Leslie Forsyth, psychotherapist; Roselle Weissman-Park, psychotherapist; Karen Pentz, psychotherapist; Linda Ryan, MD, WEWC medical director; Kimberly Morrison, psychotherapist. NOT PICTURED: Bea McGowan, administrative assistant; and Deena Newman, PsyD.