Women’s Emotional Wellness Center opens in Newtown Square
difficulties before, during and after pregnancy are generally temporary
and very treatable with professional assistance. Outpatient mental
health services for women and their families during this time are now
being offered at the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center
(WEWC) at Main Line Health Center in Newtown Square. The Center, which
began seeing patients in March, 2013, provides assessment and treatment
for women in the perinatal period experiencing depression and/or anxiety
along with a comprehensive range of behavioral health services to
individuals in need of support.
“So many women deal with emotional issues during and after pregnancy and
can truly benefit from counseling,” said Nancy Roberts, MD, MLH system
chair, OB/GYN. “Our center can help women and their families during what
can be a difficult time. We offer treatment for many of the issues
surrounding pregnancy provided by experienced, compassionate
The treatment team is comprised of psychiatrists and master’s level
therapists who are highly skilled and experienced in working with women
and their families. Services include Individual therapy, marital
counseling, family therapy, and psychiatric evaluation and medication
While the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center is experiencing a successful
start, the program’s operating margin is not expected to be positive for
the first few years because of the up-front capital costs to build out
office space and because of the low reimbursement rates for mental
health services. For that reason, the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation and
the Foundations of its sister hospitals in the Main Line Health system
are seeking philanthropic support to cover the cost of treating the
estimated 10-15% (up to 180 patients) of women who lack insurance or the
financial resources to pay for recommended treatment.
The need is well established for the services provided by the Women’s
Emotional Wellness Center. While depression and other emotional or
psychological health issues are a serious concern at any point in a
person’s life, pregnancy and childbirth can be a particularly vulnerable
period. Fortunately, women in the area served by Main Line Health have
access to a comprehensive range of maternity services that meet their
physical AND emotional needs before, during and after pregnancy.
Women’s Emotional Wellness Center operates under the direction of
Elizabeth Bland, MSW, LCSW, the Center’s Clinical Director .
For information about making a gift to the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation
to support the Women’s Emotional Wellness Center, contact Kate Kittleman
at 484-337-8176 or email KittlemanK@mlhs.org.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.