Perinatal Behavioral Health Pathways Program
This rotation allows interns to gain experience working as part of the inpatient consultation-liaison team at University of Colorado Hospital on the labor and delivery and mother-baby units. The hospital is a tertiary care facility and brings in patients from the local community, the state of Colorado and the surrounding 7-state region. UCH houses multiple obstetric care settings, including and obstetric emergency department, labor and delivery unit, antepartum unit (for women with maternal fetal complications), and a mother-baby unit, as well as a Level III NICU. There are nearly 4,000 deliveries per year in the hospital.
The Perinatal Behavioral Health Pathways team of clinicians includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatrists who collaborate with the medical team to deliver care. Clinicians on the team conduct behavioral health assessments, brief evaluations, and consultation-liaison services and sees patients for a variety of concerns, including positive screens on measures of depression and/or substance use, delivery complications, medically complex pregnancies, and fetal/neonatal loss. In addition to direct patient care, the psychologists on the perinatal behavioral health pathways program engage in team rounds, quality improvement initiatives, program development, and scholarly projects.