Womens Wellness and Counseling Service
Pictured above are, from left, Hristina Koleva, MD, Holly Maas, LISW, Robin Kopelman, MD, MPH, Stacey Pawlak, PhD, and Scott Stuart, MD
The Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service (WWCS) provides highly advanced diagnosis and treatment of pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, or any other mental health problems related to childbirth.
Services are provided by psychiatrists and psychologists who are dedicated to addressing the comprehensive mental health needs of women ages 18 and older who are either:
- Planning for pregnancy or undergoing infertility treatment
- Postpartum (up to 12 months after delivery)
- Suffering from premenstrual mood symptoms
- Experiencing menopausal issues
- Screening and Assessment
- Women are screened by a primary care physician, obstetrician, or mental health provider who determines if a referral is necessary. Upon a referral to our team, we conduct a secondary assessment, and a course of treatment is developed collaboratively with patients.
- Consultation and Second Opinions
- Feedback about ongoing treatment and suggestions for treatment are provided to referring clinicians.
- Psychotherapy and Counseling
- Brief, time-limited psychotherapy is provided, focusing on the emotional difficulties women and their families experience during and after pregnancy.
- Psychotropic Medication Services
- Psychiatrists prescribe and manage antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.
- Medical and psychotherapeutic treatments are provided for women who are at risk of developing depression or anxiety.
- Developing and testing new treatments for depression and anxiety that occur during pregnancy and postpartum is an integral part of the WWCS. The WWCS is directly connected with the Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center (IDCRC). Many women receiving care in the WWCS participate in research studies seeking to identify better ways to assess and treat perinatal depression and anxiety. Clinical research is currently conducted to develop more effective treatments for postpartum depression and anxiety and for the treatment of depression during pregnancy.
- The WWCS is a training site for UI Hospitals and Clinics resident physicians and medical students in the fields of psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and family medicine. The emphasis on high quality education enhances the quality and breadth of care that is provided. Graduate and post-doctoral students from the departments of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, nursing and social work also assist in conducting patient care assessments and treatment.
We offer selected women's wellness services at UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing. Located at the Coralville interchange on Interstate 80 (exit 242), UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing offers patients easy access, free parking, several amenities, and a state-of-the-art building for delivering outstanding patient care.