Bridging the Gap in Perinatal Mental Health with Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Bridging the Gap in Perinatal Mental Health

Pregnancy is a transformative journey that brings forth a whirlwind of emotions and challenges. For many individuals, this phase is not only marked by the physical changes and anticipation of new life but also by mental health issues that can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, despite the awareness surrounding mental health, pregnant individuals nationwide are left with limited resources to navigate these trying times. In this blog, we will shed light on the general lack of resources for pregnant individuals in the United States, the variability of perinatal rights across states, and the particularly acute shortage of perinatal mental health services. We'll also introduce Innerspace Counseling, a beacon of hope for those seeking help.

Maternity Care Deserts in America

It's disheartening to note that in the land of plenty, maternity care deserts exist. These are areas where access to proper maternal care, including mental health services, is severely limited. According to a recent study by the Rural Health Research Center, nearly half of all rural counties in the United States lack obstetric services. For pregnant individuals living in these areas, the challenges are magnified, and the prospects for accessing mental health support during pregnancy become even bleaker.

Perinatal Rights Vary by State

Adding to the complexity of the issue, perinatal rights and access to care vary significantly from state to state. This lack of uniformity further deepens the chasm in healthcare equity across the nation. In some states, access to perinatal mental health services is more readily available, while in others, it remains a distant dream. The rights and support systems available to birth-givers should not be a matter of geographical luck, but a fundamental right.

The Critical Gap in Perinatal Mental Health Services

Amidst these challenges, one glaring gap in the perinatal care landscape is the lack of specialized perinatal mental health services. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are common during pregnancy, but many individuals are left without adequate treatment options. The toll this takes on individuals, their families, and society at large is immeasurable.

New Jersey's Perinatal Mental Health Landscape

In New Jersey, the situation is no different. The options for perinatal mental health treatment are limited. Typically, pregnant individuals have to choose between weekly outpatient therapy sessions or in-patient hospitalization, often involving a 72 hour hold. While these options may be suitable for some, they may not provide the comprehensive care needed for everyone.

Introducing Innerspace Counseling: A Beacon of Hope

Amidst the challenges in perinatal mental health care, Innerspace Counseling shines as a beacon of hope. We understand the unique needs of pregnant individuals and have designed specialized programs to bridge the gap in perinatal mental health services.

Innerspace Counseling's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a crucial part of our perinatal mental health services. Unlike traditional weekly outpatient therapy sessions, our IOP operates three days a week, offering a more intensive and structured approach to treatment. This program is tailored to provide the support and therapy needed to address the complex thoughts and feelings that can arise during pregnancy.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

For those who require an even higher level of care, we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This program provides comprehensive support, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and family sessions. It is designed to assist individuals in crisis and help them regain control over their mental health.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

At Innerspace Counseling, we utilize evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to provide effective treatment for perinatal mental health disorders. DBT equips individuals with essential coping skills to manage their thoughts and feelings, promoting emotional regulation and overall mental well-being.

Collaborative Care: Psychiatrists and Therapists

Our team includes experienced PMHC psychiatrists and therapists who work collaboratively to create personalized treatment plans. This integrated approach ensures that individuals receive holistic care tailored to their specific mental health needs.


Pregnancy is a time of profound change and emotional intensity. It is crucial that pregnant individuals have access to the mental health care they need to navigate this challenging period successfully. Innerspace Counseling stands as a testament to the commitment to fill the gaps in perinatal mental health services. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and specialized care through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Our goal is to ensure that no one is left to grapple with perinatal mental health issues alone, and that all individuals have the support they need to thrive during this transformative journey.

In the face of a nationwide shortage of resources for pregnant individuals, Innerspace Counseling is here to offer a lifeline, promoting mental health and well-being for all. If you or someone you know is struggling with perinatal mental health issues, reach out to us today. Together, we can create a brighter and healthier future for both birth-givers and their families. Remember, you don't have to face this journey alone – Innerspace Counseling is here to help.