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Main Line Health’s Women’s Emotional Wellness Center marks second birthday

Main Line Health Newtown Square March 31, 2015 News Releases

The newly renovated WEWC Group Room,
home to the After Baby Connections (ABC)
Group each Wednesday at the WEWC.

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.

(Newtown Square, Pa.)Main Line Health's (MLH) Women’s Emotional Wellness Center (WEWC) at Main Line Health 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 Main Line Health 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. Visit the maternity section of our site to review the screening process.

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. Find 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.

For referrals to the WEWC, call 1.888.CARE.898 (1.888.227.3898). Treatment is covered by most commercial insurance plans and Medicare. To learn more about the WEWC, visit mainlinehealth.org/WEWC.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.