University of Maryland Women’s Mental Health Program provides excellent mental health care throughout a woman’s life.

Our program focuses on the well-being of women, helping them have the best quality of life for them and their families. We provide a private space for women to talk about their needs.

If you are...

  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Having more trouble than usual coping with problems
  • Having trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Crying a lot
  • Losing interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Feeling worried all the time

...then you may have an illness that can be treated

Conditions Treated:

  • Depression, anxiety and trauma in pregnancy and after delivery
  • Premenstrual symptoms
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Depression or anxiety related to infertility
  • Depression or anxiety related to breast or other women’s cancers
  • Substance use during pregnancy
  • Conflicts in parent/child relationships

Available Treatments:

  • Medication
  • Individual therapy
  • Parent/child therapies
  • Support groups for:
    • Parenting
    • Addictions during pregnancy
    • Post-partum stress
    • Menopause
  • Education for partners and family
  • Referral to mental health care for children

Meet the Team:

  • Sarah Edwards, DO
    Psychiatrist with focus on mother-child relationship
  • Nicole Leistikow, MD
    Psychiatrist with focus on reproductive mental health
  • Christopher Welsh, MD
    Psychiatrist with focus on addictions in pregnancy
  • Patricia Widra, MD
    Psychiatrist with focus on reproductive mental health

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 5 women have serious depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy.
  • Women can also have mental health problems due to either menopause or problems getting pregnant.
  • Untreated mental health problems can increase the chance of problems during pregnancy. Some of these problems can lead to baby being born too early or at a low birth weight. These problems can also make it hard for new moms to bond with their baby.
  • A mom’s depression or anxiety affects the whole family.

To make an appointment, call 410-328-6091.