New Perinatal Health Center for women opens



AHN & the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation cut the ribbon to a first-of-its-kind center in the region for women with Postpartum Depression and other perinatal mental health needs on December 18.

The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Health, an innovative new facility that offers women with pregnancy-related postpartum depression access to a spectrum of care under one roof, has officially opened at West Penn Hospital. The 7,300-square-foot, $2.5 million center houses rooms for individual and group therapy, and day care, and is uniquely designed so that mothers can stay with their babies while undergoing treatment.  Services offered at the new center will include intensive out-patient therapy and partial hospitalization.

It’s estimated that one in seven new mothers experiences clinically significant depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy. One such mother was Alexis Joy D’Achille, who tragically took her own life six weeks after the birth of her daughter, Adriana, in 2013.  Alexis’ husband, Steven D’Achille, started the Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation in his wife’s memory, and partnered with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Health to design a new paradigm for the treatment of perinatal depression, and offer new hope to women in the greater Pittsburgh region who experience this illness.